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AAP to send 1,100 senior citizens on ‘Tirth Yatra’

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Published : Dec 6, 2018, 1:41 am IST
Updated : Dec 6, 2018, 1:41 am IST

Preference will be given to those from economically weaker sections on first-come-first-served basis, an official said.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal
 Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday launched the “Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana” under which 1,100 senior citizens from the national Capital can undertake free pilgrimage.

Under the scheme, a city resident above 60 will be eligible to avail free pilgrimage along with his or her spouse.

The applicant can also take along an attendant above the age of 20 years, if the applicant or his spouse is above 70 years. The expenditure of the attendant will also be borne by the Delhi government.

Speaking after launching the scheme, the chief minister noted that a country which does not respect its senior citizens cannot progress.

“The scheme was launched with an aim that every elderly person’s desire to undertake a pilgrimage in his life gets fulfilled. I urge all the children and the MLAs to help our elderly register themselves and fill up the forms so that they can avail the service,” he said.

“Those desirous of undertaking the pilgrimage ought to have a voter ID card, medical certificate and recommendation from the area MLA,” Mr Kejriwal said.  

The applications will be received online and selection of pilgrims will be done through a draw.

The pilgrimage for three days and two nights can be undertaken on the circuits of Delhi-Mathura-Vrindavan-Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Delhi; Delhi-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Neelkanth-Delhi; Delhi-Ajmer-Pushkar-Delhi; Delhi-Amritsar-Wagah border-Anandpur Sahib-Delhi; and Delhi-Vaishno Devi-Jammu-Delhi.

Preference will be given to those from economically weaker sections on first-come-first-served basis, an official said.

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