Guwahati/ 3rd August’2017 (Prag News Desk): The ‘Punnyadham Yatra’, initiated by the BJP government in Assam, is scheduled to start in October 2 this year and will continue till February 28, 2018. The BJP government in Assam will conduct a pilgrimage tour for 3,000 people every year whose annual income is below Rs 2.5 lakh.
Senior citizens will be taken to Jagannath Temple in Odisha, Mathura-Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh, Ajmer Sarif Dargah in Rajasthan and Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir as part of this package.
State tourism minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that selected 3,000 pilgrims will travel in groups of 100 and each group will select one destination. Two persons from a family will be eligible for consideration under the scheme. The government will provide accommodation to pilgrims and free railway transportation in AC threetier.The pilgrims will be provided Rs 150 per day. The group can take three guides with them who will be paid Rs 500 each per day. The guides must be educated youth of the locality from which the group comes from.