February 5, 2023

BENGALURU EXPRESS

Truth Triumphs

Rs5000 ‘Kashi Yatra Subsidy’ scheme comes into effect

CM Bommai distributes cheques for beneficiaries

Bengaluru, July 14: The State government’s Rs5000 ‘Kashi Yatra Subsidy’ scheme has come into effect with Chief Minister Basavarj Bommai launching the scheme today.

The Chief Minister formally launched the scheme by distributing the subsidy cheques for the beneficiary pilgrims at a simple ceremony in the Banquet Hall of Vidhana Soudha.

Speaking at the function organised by the Muzrai department, Bommai said, this is a new scheme. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently renovated Kashi by building Kashi Vishwanath Corridor. Kashi is a major pilgrimage centre evoking the spiritual faith of the people. The facilities and amenities for pilgrims were very poor earlier. Now is has been totally transformed. Varanasi has direct air, rail and bus connectivity. As a result there is a huge rise in the number of pilgrims visiting Kashi. “Today we are distributing subsidy cheques for 10 pilgrims. In the coming days it would be transferred directly through the DBT system for pilgrims,” Bommai said.

The banks of river Ganga have been cleaned. About 23 Ghats have been renovated. The Kashi Vishwanath Corridor has been developed in such a way that the pilgrims could walk directly from the Ganga Ghats to Vishwantha temple. I congratulate Prime Minister Modi for this good work, Bommai said.

Emphasis for safe pilgrimage

Apart from providing a Rs5000 subsidy, the state government has made arrangements for safe and comfortable journey by a separate train, accommodation facilities at Kashi to make the pilgrimage a safe and pleasant experience, Bommai said.

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