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Delhi government’s Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra
Yojana has been launched. It is a fully-funded pilgrimage trip for senior
citizens by the state government.
Under the scheme, the government will bear the
entire expenditure for all ‘yatris’, including air conditioned train travel,
accommodation, meals, boarding and lodging and other arrangements.
1,100 senior citizens from each Assembly
Constituency per year will be able to undertake free pilgrimages.
It is estimated that on an average the scheme
will incur a cost of Rs 7,000 per pilgrim. The pilgrimage duration will be of
three days and two nights.
Any resident of Delhi above 60 years of age will
be eligible for the scheme. The applicant should not have an income of above Rs
3 lakh/ annum and should not be an employee of Central/state/local government
or autonomous bodies.
The pilgrimage can be undertaken on the circuits
of a) Delhi-Mathura-Vrindavan-Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Delhi; b)Delhi-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Neelkanth-Delhi;
c) Delhi-Ajmer-Pushkar-Delhi; d) Delhi-Amritsar-Wagah border-Anandpur
Sahib-Delhi; and e) Delhi-Vaishno Devi-Jammu-Delhi.