Source: News World India
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday approved the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’ scheme for senior citizens of Delhi above the age of 60 years. Based on the scheme, the Delhi government will bear the expenses of 77,000 pilgrims per year.
Although the Delhi Cabinet had approved the revenue department’s proposal for the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’ on January 8, the scheme could not be implemented due to objections raised by the Delhi Lieutenant Governor’s office.
Days after the Supreme Court verdict on the power tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre, CM Kejriwal overruled the earlier objections raised by Lt Governor Anil Baijal and approved the senior citizen pilgrimage programme.
“Mukhyamantri teerth yatra yojana approved. All objections overruled…” CM Kejriwal tweeted.
The scheme is valid for residents of Delhi above the age of 60 years for a pilgrimage of three days and two nights. The pilgrimage routes covered in the scheme are: Delhi-Mathura-Vrindavan-Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Delhi; Delhi-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Neelkanth-Delhi; Delhi-Ajmer-Pushkar-Delhi, Delhi-Amritsar-Bagha Border-Anandpur Sahib-Delhi; and Delhi-Vaishno Devi-Jammu-Delhi.
A total of 1,100 senior citizens from each of the 70 assembly constituencies of Delhi can avail the scheme per year. Those selected will be allowed to bring an attendant aged 18 years or above, and the expenditure of the attendant would also be borne by the government.
“The applicant will have to give a self-attested certificate that all information being given by them is correct and they have not availed the scheme in the past,” the government said in a statement.
“Those selected for the pilgrimage will be covered with an insurance of Rs. 1 lakh each,” the statement added.
The travel would take place in air-conditioned buses through coach tours of the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) and other charges for lodging and food would be paid for by the government.
Pilgrims will be selected by drawing of lots and the respective area MLA would have to verify the domicile of the applications, confirming the pilgrims as residents of Delhi.
Application forms would be available online.