Adityanath announces Rs 1 lakh assistance for Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims, his minister wants Hajj subsidy to end


Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, on Saturday announced a cash assistance of Rs one lakh to any healthy individual, who wished to travel to Kailash Mansarovar.

Adityanath made the announcement on his first visit to Gorakhpur, his home constituency, since becoming the state’s chief minister.

Addressing a big crowd, Adityanath said, ” I would like to share a good news to you. Those wanting to visit Kailash Mansarovar and, if they are healthy, we will provide them a financial assistence of Rs 1 lakh each. We are also planning to build a Kailash Mansarovar bhawan in Lucknow, Ghaziabad or Noida.”

Adityanath’s announcement came just hours after the lone Muslim minister in his cabinet, Mohsin Raza said that there shouldn’t be any Hajj subsidy for rich in the community.

Raza, the minister for state in Adityanath’s cabinet, told Economic Times, “We will only let jayaz (deserving) persons, who don’t have means to go on their own, to go. If a person is a multi-millionaire he should not make the pilgrimage on government money. We are reviewing the rules and will announce a decision soon.”

In his speech, the newly elected chief minister showered praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP chief, Amit Shah, on several occasions.

On anti-Romeo squad, Adityanath said that it was to instill a sense of security to girls across the state. He asked the cops not to harass the consenting couples walking on streets or sitting in parks.

Uttar Pradesh cops have come under huge condemnation for high-handedness against couples, who alleged that they were being harassed by men in uniform in the guise of moral policing.

Asserting that there will be no appeasement of anyone, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi promised development for all without any discrimination on the basis of caste, religion or gender. Aditya Nath, whose ascent to power is seen with suspicion by some sections, also told the BJP cadres and supporters not to be “over zealous” in celebrating the party’s historic poll victory and not to take the law into their hands as it could provide “anarchist” forces a chance to disturb law and order.

Adityanath concluded his 20-minute long speech with ‘Jai Shri Ram.’