Grant for Pak-bound pilgrims

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Bhopal, Sep 28 (UNI) Multi-pronged action will be taken to develop Madhya Pradesh as a major tourist attraction, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said ''Several tourist and religious places in the state will be developed to attract more tourists and to convert the state as a prime tourist destination'', said Mr Chouhan at a function to mark 'World Tourism Day' here yesterday.

On this occasion, he also honoured 41 Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims by offering them coconut, shawl and Rs 30,000 in cash.

Besides inaugurating airlines and rail ticketing kiosk and website at Boat Club, he also unveiled the 'Braille menu card' prepared for the hotels of Tourism Development Corporation.

''Like Haj pilgrims, the state government is providing grant to Mansarovar pilgrims also. On the same pattern, grant will also be provided to pilgrims proceeding to Pakistan-based Nankana Sahib -- birthplace of Guru Nanak -- and Hingraj Devi'', said Mr Chouhan.

He also flagged off a new bus service between Bhopal and Jaipur.

UNI

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