Kejriwal launches free pilgrimage scheme for senior citizens
NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday launched the 'Mukhyamantri Teerth Yatra Yojana' under which 1,100 senior citizens from each of the 70 assembly constituencies here can undertake free pilgrimage. Under the scheme, a city resident above 60 years will be eligible to take 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 in the presence of his council of ministers, the chief minister noted that a country which does not respect and take care of 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," Kejriwal said.
The applications will be received online and selection of pilgrims will be done through a draw. Respective area MLAs will certify whether the intended beneficiaries belong to Delhi or not. The pilgrimage for three days and two nights can be undertaken on the circuits of Delhi-Mathura-Vrindavan-Agra. The scheme was approved by the AAP government in July.