Good news for 77,000 pilgrims as Kejriwal overrules LG’s objections, approves ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’ on government expenses


Delhi government’s Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot announced that CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday approved the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’ for senior citizens of Delhi under which the Delhi government will bear the expenses of 77,000 pilgrims every year.

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The chief minister also tweeted announcing that he had overruled ‘all objections’ raised by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, days after the Supreme Court gave a seemingly favourable verdict on power tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre.

“Mukhyamantri teerth yatra yojana approved. All objections overruled. Dy CM will brief media today on its details,” Kejriwal tweeted.

Gahlot said that the Delhi cabinet had on 8 January this year approved the Revenue Department proposal to begin the scheme titled ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana,’ but it could not implemented due to some objections raised by the office of the hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.

According to the government, the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’ will enable 1100 senior citizens from each Assembly Constituency of Delhi per year to undertake free pilgrimage, the expenses for which will be borne by the Delhi government. It is proposed that a total of 77,000 pilgrims will be able to avail this facility every year.

Delhi residents above the age of 60 are covered under this scheme. The government said that those selected, will be allowed to be accompanied by an attendant aging 18 years or above and their expenditure will also be borne by the city administration.

The pilgrimage duration will be of three days and two nights and will be for any of the following routes :

a) Delhi-Mathura-Vrindavan-Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Delhi

b) Delhi-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Neelkanth-Delhi

c) Delhi-Ajmer-Pushkar-Delhi

d) Delhi-Amritsar-Bagha Border-Anandpur Sahib-Delhi

e) Delhi-Vaishno Devi-Jammu-Delhi

“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.

“Those selected for the pilgrimage will be covered with an insurance of Rs. 1 lakh each,” the government said in a statement.

It is said that the 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.

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.


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