State

Naveen to implement Pilgrimage scheme for senior citizens

Bhubaneswar, May 23: A day after the ruling BJD completed its one year in Odisha, chief minister Naveen Patnaik has another plan in his head to woo the senior citizens this time. He directed the officials to implement a scheme that will facilitate pilgrimage visit for the senior citizens of all the religions.

This will be another populist measure by the BJD after landslide victory in the assembly and lok sabha polls last year.

The facility will be made for the senior citizens for visiting the shrines by buses and trains.

Since there has been 12% growth in the state in the sector of tourism, Patnaik advised the officials to focus on the infrastructure development, attending a review meeting of culture and tourism department yesterday.

The CM also ordered to reduce the VAT on the ATF from 5% to 0% for the international flight operation at Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar. He asked the officials to create more job opportunities for the youth in the sector, "directing to fill up the vacancies in all the districts for the district culture officers".

The meeting also decided to carry out the shrimp project in Puri and build a world class auditorium that will accommodate 2000 audience.

The emphasis was also laid on adding Sambalpuri and Kosali to the 8th schedule of the Constitution and to bring Odia Bhasha Pratishthan under the Culture department from School& Mass Education department at the meeting.

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