Ranchi, Sept. 6: Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said that schemes should be prepared for aged people to visit all pilgrim sites falling under tourism circuits of the state.
Places not connected with rail routes should be considered to be visited by bus especially for the senior citizens. This can be a way to know one another and see the development. The CM made the observation while addressing people on the occasion of MoU signing between JTDC and IRCTC for ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yojana.’
Das said the Mukhyamantri Tirth Yojana was being initiated with darshan of East Odisha. Under the plan, 1,000 remote and poor old people will be considered for tour to Puri. All expenses including travel and food will be borne by IRCTC and state govt. The tourism department has started selecting the old age people for the tour. The train will start from Ranchi in November.
Comparing aged people with parents, the CM said that we should benefit from their experiences. Underlining the importance of their pilgrimage desire, the CM said that it is part of our culture and boosts up social harmony. He asked the department to make advance planning for the poor and remote old age people of the state. Food, drinking water, retiring room, medical facilities etc. should be managed and taken care of during the tour.
Tourism Minister Amar Kumar Bauri said that due to poverty, the poor people’s desire to go on pilgrimage dies. The government wants to have their desire fulfilled. He said that birth places of Birsa Munda, Sidho-Kanho and other great people are also being considered for tour.
IRCTC Chairman said that the Government of India is boosting up domestic tourism and IRCTC will be selected in Fortune 500 companies in the days to come.
He said that the old people will be taken care of during the tour.
Chief Secretary Raj Bala Verma, Development Commissioner Amit Khare, Principal Secretary to the CM Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary Arun Kumar Singh and Secretary to the CM Sunil Kumar Barnwal were present in the meeting.