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‘Pilgrimage’ project under attack

Jabalpur: The much publicised free pilgrimage scheme for senior citizens was strongly criticised by Congress leader of opposition. Charges of nepotism in the selection procedure embolden beneficiaries to produce fake documents for a second pilgrimage. Since no details are divulged there is a lack of transparency. The scheme is to keep the BJP and RSS cadres in good humour who enjoy a bonanza on tax payers’ cost.

During the past six months 82 special trains to various destinations were chartered for such pilgrimage, benefiting 82,000 passengers (free to-and-fro ride). Unlike Modi, the beneficiaries include Muslims (Ajmer Sharif) as well as Christians (Vellangani Church) in Tamil Nadu.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2013 on page no. 15

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