The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led government has now come up with a special priviledge for the senior citizens in the country who want to embark on a pilgrimage.
The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led government has now come up with a special priviledge for the senior citizens in the country who want to embark on a pilgrimage. The priviledge is that of the cost of the pilgrimage that the Arvind Kejriwal govt has decided to bear. The AAP government on Tuesday approved a scheme to enable senior citizens from each assembly constituency in Delhi to undertake free pilgrimage.
Under the scheme known as Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana, a total of 77,000 pilgrims will be able to avail the facility every year, the expenses of which will be borne by the state government – 1100 citizens from each constituency can avail this freebie. “The cabinet approved the Revenue Department proposal to begin the scheme titled Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana to enable 1,100 senior citizens from each assembly constituency per year to undertake a free pilgrimage,” the official statement of the AAP government read. The beneficiary of this scheme has to be a resident of Delhi and must be above 60 years of age. Those selected will be allowed to be accompanied by an attendant above 18 years. The government will also bear the expenses of the attendant. However, the applicant should not have an income of above Rs three lakh per annum and he or she should not be an employee of central or state or local government or autonomous bodies. Meanwhile, the scheme will be for the following routes: 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.
The travel will be in AC buses through coach tours of DTTDC. Boarding, lodging and food along with pilgrimage will be paid for by the government. The application forms will be available online and can be filed online either through office of divisional commissioner or office of respective MLA or office of Tirth Yatra Committee. The selection of pilgrims will be done through draw of lots and the respective area MLA will have to certify the residents as belonging to Delhi, the statement said. Besides, the Cabinet also approved the Directorate of Education’s proposal to support school students for excellence in sports in under-14 and under-17 categories. The Delhi government will provide financial assistance to eligible students upto Rs two lakh per year in under-14 category and Rs three lakh in under-17 category. Those preparing to compete in national and international sporting events will be eligible to avail this scheme. Apart from this, the government will provide medical and accident insurance of Rs five lakh each to eligible students. According to the department, at least 600 students in Delhi are likely to be eligible for this scheme and the number could be higher.