Delhi adds Kartarpur Sahib, Velankanni to pilgrimage scheme
The Delhi government announced to add Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan and Velankanni Church in Tamil Nadu to its pilgrimage scheme called “Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana” on November 26, 2021.
- As per announcement, Delhi government will send first batch of senior citizens of the city on free pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib on January 5, 2022.
- First batch of pilgrims to Velankanni Church will leave on January 7.
- Delhi government also decided to add two more routes, apart from existing 13 yatra routes. The two routes are: Delhi-Velankanni-Delhi and Delhi-Kartarpur Sahib-Delhi.
- The devotees will travel on Delhi-Velankanni-Delhi route in AC-III tier trains while for Kartarpur Sahib, they will go in air-conditioned buses.
Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana could not be held in 2020 and 2021 dur to covid-19 pandemic.
Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana
Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana was launched by Delhi government. This scheme offers free travel packages to the senior citizens of Delhi to five religious circuits.
Who can avail the benefits?
This scheme can be availed by 1100 senior citizens from every constituency in Delhi at one go. Under this scheme, a Delhi resident aged above 60 years are eligible to take free pilgrimage along with his or her spouse. Employees of local, state and central government or autonomous bodies are not eligible for this scheme. Since its launch, 35080 beneficiaries have travelled so far.
Is there any income criterion?
There is no income criterion to avail the scheme. However, preference will be given to people belonging to economically weaker sections on first-come-first-serve basis.