New Delhi, Jul 4: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that he and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia will accompany the elderly pilgrims along with their families, who are going on the tirth yatra to Vaishno Devi on July 20.
Mr Kejriwal announced that he and the deputy CM along with their families will join the Tirth Yatra to Vaishno Devi that will leave Delhi on July 20.
Mr Kejriwal interacted with the yatris slated to go on a Tirth Yatra on the Golden Temple-Wagah Border-Anandpur Sahib corridor on July 12 and Vaishno Devi-Jammu corridor on July 20, under the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’ at the Delhi Secretariat Auditorium.
Revenue Minister Kailash Gehlot, Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam and Tirtha Yatra Committee President Kamal Bansal were also present.
Addressing the senior citizens assembled at the auditorium, the Chief Minister said, "To all the elderly citizens of Delhi, I want to say, this son of yours will send you on at least one Tirth Yatra in your lifetime."
The Chief Minister said, "Your government has done a lot of development work over the last four-and-a-half years, but sending our senior citizens on a Tirth Yatra is one of the closest things to my heart."
He said, "Every senior citizen has the desire to go on a Tirth Yatra at least once. We are happy that we have had the good fortune to fulfill your wishes."
Mr Kejriwal said that his government has undertaken many development works in Delhi but for the first time, he had the opportunity to undertake a divine good deed.
He said, "It is said that a child can never repay his parents' debt, but if he is able to send them on a tirth yatra, a part of the debt is cleared. Even the people of Delhi are repaying their debt to the elederly because their tax is funding your pilgrimage."
Referring to him and his government, he said, "We also hope to get a small portion of the punya out of doing this deed. The Opposition is trying to politicise even this issue. But I want to tell them, I will continue spending money on our elderly."
Answering the questions of senior citizens present in the programme, the Chief Minister said, "The government is considering expanding the Tirth Yatra scheme for South Indian corridors as well from next year."
Mr Kejriwal also added that a government attendant for every 20 yatris will also accompany the group.
Mr Sisodia said, "The launch of the Tirth Yatra is the fulfilment of the dream that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal saw. Your son Arvind Kejriwal has proved his worth to you by sending you on a Tirth Yatra. It is the dream of every elderly person to go on at least one tirth yatra in their lifetime. Today the Aam Aadmi Party government is working to fulfill your dream."
"I am happy to see that in this Secretariat auditorium, the elderly are seated on chairs and the MLAs are sitting on the floor,” the deputy CM said.
Mr Sisodia said, "After the Cabinet approved this scheme in January 2018 and the rollout got delayed, the chief minister scolded us like a son would. The earlier proposal was to book sleeper class tickets under this scheme. Later, CM Kejriwal directed the department to ensure that yatris travel in AC coaches. This government respects all religions equally, and pilgrimage sites of all faiths have been included under this scheme."
Revenue Minister Kailash Gehlot expressed his happiness at the launch of the Tirth Yatra and said that today his government's hard work appears to be paying off, referring to the smiles on the faces of the senior citizens gathered at the venue.
He said the Aam Aadmi Party government fulfils all its promises. (UNI)