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‘PRASAD’ now includes the birth place of Lord Ram, Ayodhya

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Giving boost to pilgrimage tourism, Ayodhya has been included in the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) scheme of the central government so that it can be developed as a major pilgrimage destination of India.
With Ayodhya getting municipal corporation status and infrastructure development being upgraded at state government level, Ayodhya will now see implementation of various central government schemes. It will also receive central government aid, The Times of India reported.

Religious Endowment Principal Secretary Avinish Awasthi said the scheme is aimed at upgrading sanitation, sewage and drinking water facility at the centre. Among the 12 pilgrim centres covered under the scheme, Mathura and Varanasi were the entries from the state and Ayodhya is the third.

There is a clear demarcation of both the central and the state funds. 20% of the total project cost will be given as first  installment, followed by 60% in the second installment after receipt of utilisation certificate and remaining 20% after the utilisation certificate for second installment is received. There are 11 other cities selected under the PRASAD scheme. They are  Mathura, Amritsar, Kedarnath, Ajmer, Gaya, Kamakhya, Dwarka, Puri, Amaravati, Kanchipuram, Vellankanni .

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