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Suryakant Jena

News Highlights

  • Jan Ashirwad Yatra, a pan-India programme, has been launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • 31 newly inducted ministers in the Union Cabinet are taking part in the 142-day long outreach programme

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and the Minister of Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw kicked off BJP’s Jan Ashirwad Yatra in Odisha on Thursday.

The Jan Ashirwad Yatra, a pan-India programme, has been launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to introduce the new Central ministers to the people. As many as 31 newly inducted ministers in the Union Cabinet are taking part in the 142-day long outreach programme organised by the ruling party at the Centre.

The ministers have been asked to tour their respective states and constituencies and reach out to the masses to create awareness on the various welfare schemes of the Central government and also seek blessings from the public. 

As per the itinerary in Odisha, the two ministers, Dharmendra Pradhan and Ashwini Vaishnaw, will embark on the tour programme for three days till August 22 during which they are scheduled to travel a distance of around 419 kilometres across the State.

As per last reports, the Union ministers have travelled to Puri after landing at Bhubaneswar airport. They will pay obeisance to Lord Jagannath at Puri Srimandir during their halt at the pilgrim town. 

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is slated to attend various programmes in Cuttack and Khordha districts. Similarly, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw will travel to Rayagada by train today evening. He will halt at Koraput on August 20 and attend programme in Jeypore the next day. Thereafter, he will continue the Yatra through Nabarangpur, Kesinga, Titlagarh, Kantabanji and Patnagarh before concluding his tour with a programme in Bolangir on August 22.

Both the ministers are scheduled to attend as many as 115 events in six Lok Sabha constituencies under seven districts of the State during the three-day programme.

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