इंडियन आवाज़     11 Dec 2018 03:20:39      انڈین آواز

Delhi Govt allocates fund for free pilgrimage of senior citizens



The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, approved several important decisions.

The cabinet approved the Revenue Department proposal to begin the scheme titled Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana to enable 1100 senior citizens from each Assembly Constituency per year to undertake free pilgrimage, the expenses for which will be borne by the government. (It is proposed that a total of 77,000 pilgrims will be able to avail this facility every year).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.

The scheme 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 and Delhi-Vaishno Devi-Jammu-Delhi

Eligibility for the Scheme : Any resident of Delhi above 60 years of age will be eligible for the scheme, those selected, will be allowed to be accompanied by an attendant above 18 years of age, whose expenditure will also be borne by the government. The applicant should not have an income of above Rs three lakh per annum. The applicant should not be an employee of central/state/local government or autonomous bodies. The applicant will have to give a self-certificate that all information being given by them is correct and they have not availed the scheme in the past. Those selected for pilgrimage will be covered with an insurance of Rs two lakh each.Travel will be in A/C buses through coach tours of DTTDC, boarding lodging and food along with pilgrimage will be paid for by the government.

The cabinet also approved the Transport Department proposal for Request for Qualification & Proposal & Draft Concession Agreement for inviting bids for engagement of 1,000 cluster buses.

Play & Progress scheme for school students to excel in sports was also cleared by the Cabinet.

Delhi government is to open its schools doors for art, culture and dance trainings

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