The subsidised trips to Holy Land for Christians in the State will be resumed shortly, covering at least 500 beneficiaries this year.

AP State Christian Finance Corporation has decided to go ahead with the resumption of the facility.

The corporation had been selected by the agency through tender process to conduct the pilgrimage at specified rates but the agency approached the High Court when its selection was cancelled by the government.

Announcing this, Corporation MD Ch. Yesuratnam said the government would offer a subsidy of Rs. 20,000 on each person to undertake the pilgrimage while the actual cost would be more than Rs. 60,000.

Government to offer a subsidy of Rs. 20,000 on each person