Delhi to of­fer free pil­grim­age trips for se­nior cit­i­zens

A to­tal of 77,000 pil­grims will be able to avail the scheme ev­ery year

Millennium Post - - CITY - SAYANTAN GHOSH

NEW DELHI: The se­nior cit­i­zens of Delhi will now get free pil­grim­age trips of­fered by the Delhi Govern­ment, Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia an­nounced on Tues­day.

The name of the scheme is Mukhya­mantri Tirth Ya­tra Yo­jana and a to­tal of 77,000 pil­grims will be able to avail this fa­cil­ity ev­ery year.

"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 the free pil­grim­age, the ex­penses for which will be borne by the govern­ment," said Siso­dia.

The five des­ti­na­tions from which cit­i­zens can choose in­clude Mathura-vrin­da­van, Harid­war-rishikesh, Pushkar-ajmer, Am­rit­sar-anand­pur Sahib, and the Vaishno Devi Tem­ple. The state govern­ment will fund the travel, stay, and food ex­penses of el­i­gi­ble cit­i­zens.

Any res­i­dent of Delhi above 60 years of age will be el­i­gi­ble for the scheme and those se­lected, will be al­lowed to be ac­com­pa­nied by an at­ten­dant above 18 years of age, whose ex­pen­di­ture will also be borne by the govern­ment.

The govern­ment also as­serted that the ap­pli­cant should not have an in­come of above Rs 3 lakh per an­num and the ap­pli­cant should not be an em­ployee of cen­tral/state/lo­cal govern­ment or au­ton­o­mous bod­ies. The ap­pli­cant will have to give a self-cer­tifi­cate that all in­for­ma­tion be­ing given by them is cor­rect and they have not availed the scheme in the past and those se­lected for pil­grim­age will be cov­ered with an in­sur­ance of Rs two lakh each.

Man­ish Siso­dia said, "Travel will be in A/C buses through coach tours of DTTDC, board­ing lodg­ing and food along with pil­grim­age will be paid for by the govern­ment."

The of­fi­cials said all ap­pli­ca­tion forms will be avail­able on­line and shall 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 re­spec­tive area MLA will have to cer­tify the residents as be­long­ing to Delhi. All other modal­i­ties will be spec­i­fied in the fi­nal no­ti­fi­ca­tion," said an of­fi­cial. The govern­ment has not yet de­cided the launch of the scheme but within a month it is likely to be launched.

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