GOA TO PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION TO GOAN PILGRIMS @ SHIRDI
09th April`2011 PANAJI: Under its new "Scheme for establishing a Facilitation Centre at the place of Pilgrimage outside Goa`2011", the State Government endeavors to provide Goan pilgrims decent accommodation at popular pilgrimage sites outside Goa's borders. "A pilgrimage involves visiting various sacred structures like churches, temples, mosques etc, generally for worship or meditation. India possesses such innumerable sites as various religions are not bound to any single holy centre. A large number of pilgrims from Goa visit various religious places like Shirdi, Pandharpur, Kuravpur, Vailankani, Ajmer etc," the scheme states. Pointing out that pilgrims from Goa find it extremely difficult to find accommodation in these places, especially during the festive season, the State's new Scheme aims at providing financial support for establishing facilitation centres at places of pilgrimage outside Goa frequently visited by Goan pilgrims. Under the Scheme, a one-time grant will be released to registered organizations/institutions in Goa to take the initiative and build or provide facilitation centers with friendly and conducive accommodation at various places of pilgrimage frequently visited by Goans for religious purposes. The government will contribute 75% of the cost of the project or a maximum of 25 lakh, or whichever is less for the purpose. The grantee institution will have to decide the procedure/guidelines regarding the accommodation, the room charges etc in consultation with the Goa government. These guidelines and charges will have to be accordingly displayed at the facilitation centre by the institutions. The State will constitute a selection committee for the purpose of scrutiny of the proposals received under the scheme, their selection and recommendation of the release of the grant for the institutions.
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