Diwali 2021: Ayodhya included in Delhi government’s free pilgrimage scheme!

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recently announced that Ayodhya is now a part of Delhi government’s scheme for senior citizens.
Ayodhya is Uttar Pradesh’s latest tourism boom town. Image: Shutterstock/Crith.adonis.

Marking the onset of the festival season, Delhi government has announced its decision of including Ayodhya, the land of Lord Rama, in its free pilgrimage scheme for senior citizens, ‘Mukhya Mantri Teerath Yatra Yojna’. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recently declared the same on a virtual press meet, after the Delhi Cabinet approved the proposal, hence adding to the excitement of the devotees on the occasion of Diwali.

After a halt of over one and a half years due to the pandemic, the scheme will finally resume within a month from now, and the registration window for senior citizens among Delhi residents will reopen shortly after. The government is also preparing to organise live telecast of Diwali celebrations, led by Kejriwal and his cabinet members.

“I have immense pleasure in informing you all that the Delhi Cabinet has approved the proposal to include Ayodhya in the government’s free pilgrimage scheme. So far, as many as 35,000 citizens from Delhi have used our scheme to go on pilgrimages,” Kejriwal said. 

“Under the Delhi government’s scheme, the capital’s senior citizens are entitled to a free pilgrimage to multiple locations, and are also allowed to take an attendant along, for free, on these trips,” he further added.

All expenses of the pilgrimages to destinations like Jagganath Puri, Rameshwaram, Shirdi, Mathura, Haridwar, Tirupati among others, are paid by the Delhi government under the scheme, including that travel, food and accommodation costs. Facilities such as paramedical staff and attendants are also provided during the journey.

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