In their bid to reach out to the elderly people of the society, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government on Wednesday launched the Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana — which offers free travel packages on five religious circuits for senior citizens from the national Capital. The scheme, approved by the Cabinet in July, was launched by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi Secretariat.
Speaking on the occasion, Kejriwal said, "Our mission is to give good education to the students of Delhi, our mission is to provide better health facilities and services to all and now our mission is to provide the best transport to the people. "Our Government respects elders and senior citizens.
He said that no society or country can progress until and unless it gives respects to its senior citizens."
The scheme is applicable for citizens above 60 years and the Government will bear the expense of Rs 77000 pilgrims every year. Kejriwal said that the 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
The pilgrimage will be for any of the following routes —Delhi-Mathura-Vrindavan-Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Delhi. Delhi-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Neelkanth-Delhi, Delhi-Ajmer-Pushkar-Delhi, Delhi-Amritsar-Bagha Border-Anandpur Sahib-Delhi, Delhi-Vaishno Devi-Jammu-Delhi
"No Income Criteria for availing the scheme and a certificate from the area MLA regarding the residence of the applicant in MLA’s constituency is mandatory. The applicant should not be an employee of Central/State/local Government or autonomous bodies, a Press statement from Chief Minister office (CMO) quoted.
The journey will be performed through Indian Railways. The applicants will have to fill online form at www.editstrict.delhigovt.nic.in, which has been developed with the help of nic, Delhi State Centre. Voter Card, Self Declaration as per proforma, Certificate regarding proof of residency from area MLA Medical Certificate are required for the applicant.
Voter ID card and recommendation from the MLA will be mandatory. The scheme does not have any income criterion, but preference will be given to those who are from the economically weaker section. It will be given out on first-come-first-served basis. The applicant should not be an employee of the central, state, local Government or autonomous bodies. The journey will be performed through Indian Railways.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the "Yojana will help and promoting communal harmony and brotherhood in society".
Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Revenue and Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, Environment Minister Imran Hussain, SC-ST Welfare Minister Rajendar Pal Gautam and Delhi Chief Secretary
Vijay Dev were present at the launch event along with a number of MLAs.