India, Feb. 14 -- Madhya Pradesh government cancelled state sponsored pilgrimage for at least 4000 old age residents of the state, three days before their religious trip to Vaishno Devi, Kashi, Dwarka and Rameshwaram was to begin on February 15, 2020, said officials.

The cancellation of the pilgrimage, which is arranged under the 'Mukhya Mantri Teerth Darshan Yojna' (chief minister pilgrimage scheme) since 2012, appeared to be due to the state's cost-cutting exercise in the face of a financial crunch.

The order issued by the spiritual department of the MP government on February 12 states, "The programme regarding five teerth darshan trains under Mukhyamantri Teerth Darshan Yojna scheduled from February 15 to March 2, is cancelled due to...