Rs 50000 Rupees Subsidy by Madhya Pradesh Government to All Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Pilgrims
Madhya Pradesh Govt Provides Rs 30000 subsidy to Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrims.
Madhya Pradesh provides subsidy to its citizens wishing to visit Sita Mandir in Sri Lanka, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Kailash Man Sarovar in China and Nankana Saheb Shrine (Sikh) and Hinglaj Mata temple in Pakistan.
Under the chief minister pilgrimage scheme, government provides 50% subsidy on expenses (maximum Rs 30,000 at the time of starting) to pilgrims.
The government also increased the subsidy for pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000. MP is the only state that subsidises travel to holy places in Pakistan (Nankana Saheb Shrine and Hinglaj Mata temple), China (Kailash Man Sarovar), Cambodia (Angkor Vat) and Sri Lanka (Sita Mandir and Ashok Vatika). ( Source Indian Express)
The scheme was launched in 2006 with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announcing to provide financial assistance to citizens undertaking a pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar.
It was further expanded by including two places of religious importance in Pakistan in 2007-08 and Sri Lanka and Cambodia in 2012.
Govt also provides subsidies for visiting 15 centres of pilgrimage in India
Apart from that the state government also provides subsidies for visiting 15 centres of pilgrimage in India.
The MPTDC was made the nodal agency for implementation of the one-of-its-kind scheme for subsidized pilgrimage to so many places of religious importance within and outside India.
More than 150 people from the state have so far visited the holy places in Sri Lanka and Cambodia since their inclusion in the scheme, MPTDC chairman Tapan Bhowmick said. Though many from far-flung areas of the state also applied for subsidies to visit Kailash Mansarovar, none shown interest to visit holy places in Pakistan, he added.
Pilgrims need to submit the reimbursement claim with details of expenses within 60 days of completing the journey to MPTDC to avail the subsidy. ( Source Hindustan Times)