Thursday, March 02, 2017

Rajasthan First In India To Offer Free Air Travel To Senior Citizens To Pilgrimage Sites

On Tuesday, Rajasthan became the first state in India to have a free air travel scheme for senior citizens above the age of 70, to undertake annual pilgrimages or 'teerth yatras' to select pious locations.
The Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government in Rajasthan recently launched the 'Deendayal Upadhyay Varishth Nagrik Teerth Yatra' scheme which will allow senior citizens of the state to fly free of cost to venerated places of worship such as the Tirupati on state-sponsored 'teerth yatras' or pious trips, The Times Of India reported.  Even lodging and food expenses shall be borne by the government.
The scheme is a revamped version of the old Teerth Yatra scheme that was launched by former chief minister Ashok Gehlot during his tenure, but was suspended for review by the BJP leadership in 2014 after it came to power in the state.
Under the earlier scheme, senior citizens were sent to sponsored teerth yatras by trains, an aspect which has received an upgrade with the new scheme. Now the senior citizens will be given air tickets.
In addition, the boarding/lodging and other local travel and ticket expenses of the teerth yatris will also be borne by the govt, unlike the previous scheme, which just covered train-travel fare.
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