Now Free Tirth Yatra Yojana in Delhi – Devasthan Pilgrimage for 77000 Senior Citizens

Published Date - 03 February 2018 11:26:44 Updated Date - 03 February 2018 11:27:35

The Delhi Cabinet approved on Tuesday a new scheme for lower- and middle-class senior citizens to go on free religious pilgrimages.

Under the Mukhyamantri Teerthayatra Yojana, the Delhi government will select 77,000 devotees every year for an all-expenses-paid trip on five designated routes: Haridwar-Rishikesh-Neelkanth, Ajmer-Pushkar, Amritsar-Anantpur Sahib, Vaishnodevi-Jammu, Mathura-Vrindavan. At least 1,100 senior citizens, aged 60 and above, will be chosen from each of Delhi’s 70 assembly segments.

Pilgrims will be allowed to bring an attendant who is a relative of theirs and at least 18 years old, though the government is not sure how many it will be able to accommodate. “This may add to the number of people travelling under this scheme,” said an official from the Delhi tourism department who requested anonymity. “We are yet to estimate the exact number of attendants who will be allowed on this free trip.”

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who is also the state tourism minister, said the pilgrims will travel in air-conditioned buses. “The government will bear all the expenses including the hotel cost, breakfast, lunch and an insurance of Rs 2 lakh for each pilgrim and an accompanying relative,” he said after the cabinet meeting.

The scheme, intended to benefit senior citizens with an annual income under Rs 3 lakh, is the first free religious trip sponsored by the Delhi government . Previous administrations facilitated discount travel packages. The Akhilesh Yadav government sponsored religious trips in Uttar Pradesh starting in 2015, but this program was scrapped by the incumbent BJP administration last September.

The Delhi tourism official explained how the new program will work. “The selection of pilgrims will be done through a draw of lots, and the local MLA will have to certify the residents as belonging to Delhi. All other modalities will be specified soon in the final notification.” The government did not offer any other details about when the program would go into effect.

The tours will take three days and two nights, and will cover all the sites of religious and spiritual significance on the designated routes. “Through this scheme, we have tried to cover all religions, in line with our government’s pluralistic approach,” said a Delhi government spokesperson.

The trips are expected to cost Rs 7,000 per pilgrim. The government estimates the total annual expense will be Rs 53 crore.

The applicants must be a resident of Delhi and they cannot be employed by the central, state or local government. Sisodia said that pilgrims will probably be limited to one trip every three or five years.

Application forms will be filled out and filed online. They will be sent to either the Office of the Divisional Commissioner, the office of the appropriate MLA, or the office of Tirth Yatra Committee.

Under this scheme, Senior Citizens who are working or retired employees of Central, State or any other local governmental or autonomous body can not avail the benefits of this devasthan tirth yatra scheme.

Only citizens having annual income of less than 3 lakh p.a can take the benefits of this scheme. This scheme will basically help the poor people who are unable to visit pilgrimages due to high cost.


Mukhyamantri Free Tirth Yatra Yojana – Devasthan Trips

All the senior citizens can opt for one of the following 5 places for visit purpose which are as follows:-

  1. Mathura-Vrindavan-Agra-Fatehpur Sikri
  2. Haridwar-Rishikesh-Neelkanth
  3. Ajmer Sharif-Pushkar
  4. Amritsar-Wagah Border-Anandpur Sahib
  5. Vaishno Devi-Jammu

Govt. will provide this free tour for 3 days and 2 nights. Accordingly, this scheme will cost state govt. around Rs. 7000 per pilgrim.

Delhi Free Tirth Yatra Yojana – Details

The important features and highlights of this devasthan tirth yatra scheme are as follows:-

  • This scheme will provide free pilgrimage trips to around 77000 senior citizens per year.
  • Subsequently, the annual income of the eligible citizens from all sources must not exceed Rs. 3 lakh.
  • In addition, delhi govt. will also bear the cost of the attendants (above 18 years) who accompanies the senior citizens during their tour.
  • Senior citizens working under any governmental body (Central/State/Local) are not eligible.
  • Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation is going to organize these 3 days and 2 nights trips.
  • This scheme will get funded from the existing funds of Tirth Yatra Vikas Samiti.
  • Moreover, this scheme is expected to cost Rs. 7000 per pilgrim to the state exchequer.

All the candidates can apply online or through office of divisional commissioner, MLA or Tirth Yatra Committee. Furthermore, the selection process involves the draw of lots. The state govt. is going to launch this scheme soon.



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