Govt sending senior citizens; first train leaves on Dec 3

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Govt sending senior citizens; first train leaves on Dec 3

Thursday, 25 November 2021 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

The Delhi Government will be sending senior citizens of the national Capital to pay obeisance at Ram Lalla’s Darbar. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday that the first train will leave for Ayodhya on December 3. Kejriwal made the announcement while addressing a conference,  “Our first train for Ayodhya will be leaving on December 3, registrations have started.”

Delhi residents can register and apply on the e-district portal -

 “I have very good news for the people of Delhi. I had visited Ayodhya and paid obeisance to Shri Ram Lalla at the Janambhoomi. The time I spent in the darbar of Lord Shri Ram engulfed me with divinity and peace throughout. As I stepped out of the premises I had only one thought in my mind — Lord, please bestow upon me the strength to help each and every citizen of this country visit Ayodhya and offer prayers in your darbar. As soon as I came back to Delhi, we revisited our Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojna and added Ayodhya to the list of routes,” Kejriwal said.

The Chief Minister further stated that the Delhi Government has also added Tamil Nadu’s Velankanni Church in the list of pilgrimage sites under the scheme for senior citizens of the national capital.

 The Delhi Cabinet had approved the proposal of inclusion of Ayodhya as one of the pilgrimage sites under the scheme.

According to government officials, the first train to  Ayodhya under the scheme will carry as many as 1,000 senior citizens of Delhi.

Notably, the AAP-led Delhi government bears the expenditure of the pilgrims under the 'Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana' for their pilgrimage to a total of 13 religious sites, including Shirdi, Haridwar, Mathura, Vaishno Devi, Vrindavan and Puri, among others.Any citizen from the national capital who is aged 60 years or more can avail of the scheme after acquiring a certificate from their local MLA, stating that they live in the legislator’s constituency. Since the scheme is for elderly people, one attendant aged 21 or more can accompany the person and Delhi government will bear his/her expenses as well.

Kejriwal has promised the same free pilgrimage schemes in Goa and Uttarakhand as well, where assembly elections are scheduled next year.

During his recent visit to Uttarakhand, he said that if AAP is voted to power, it will provide senior citizens with free pilgrimage facilities to Ramjanma Bhoomi in Ayodhya for Hindus, Ajmer Sharif for Muslims and Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan - that was recently reopened - for Sikhs residing in the state.

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