AHMEDABAD: Chief minister Narendra Modi will felicitate devotees from Gujarat who have undertaken the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra during the past three years. Officials in the Gujarat Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board (GPYVB) said that the CMO has given a nod for a felicitation function to be held on January 18, 2012. Cheques will be distributed to those yatris who have not received subsidy from the state government in the last three years.
“Yatris would be felicitated and receive subsidy cheques from Modi on January 18. 400 yatris who undertook the pilgrimage during the past three years would receive the subsidy at the function to be held at Tagore Hall,” Mahendra Trivedi, chairman GPYVB said. Officials said that invitation letters informing the yatris about this programme would be sent out soon.
TOI had recently reported that yatris who had undertook the pilgrimage during the past three years were irked that the state government has not released the subsidy meant for them. The government gives each yatri Rs 23,000 to cover a part of the Rs 1 lakh expense but has not released the money since 2009.
The GPYVB officials said that since Modi usually doles out the cheques during felicitation programmes held for the yatris, they had forwarded the file seeking a date from the CM but no date was granted.
Gujarat sends maximum yatris to Mansarovar, one of the most revered and challenging pilgrimages in the country. Gujarat was also the first state in the country to start the scheme in 1998, offering Rs 20,000 in cash and a pilgrimage kit worth Rs 3,000 to the yatris. Delhi, Karnataka, MP, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh have also started giving subsidy.
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