Ayodhya included in Delhi govt free pilgrimage scheme: Kejriwal

Under the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’, the government bears the pilgrimage expenditure of senior citizens to places like Jagganath Puri, Mathura, Haridwar, Tirupati among others

File image of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. ANI

New Delhi: The Delhi Cabinet on Wednesday approved the inclusion of Ayodhya in its free pilgrimage scheme for the elderly, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced.

Kejriwal had on Tuesday offered prayers at the Ram Janambhoomi site in Ayodhya. The announcement by Kejriwal comes ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls early next year which his AAP plans to contest.

Under the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’, the Delhi government bears complete expenditure on free pilgrimage of senior citizens to places like Jagganath Puri, Rameshwaram, Shirdi, Mathura, Haridwar, Tirupati among others, he said.

Over 35,000 senior citizens have undertaken pilgrimage under the scheme. Due to COVID-19 , the scheme was halted for the last one-and-a-half years but now instructions have been issued to resume it and the trains for various destinations are expected to be started in the next one month, he said.

 

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