The Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar has announced the launch of ‘Tirtha Darshan’ scheme in the state. This would allow the senior citizens, above 60 years of age, who have a of Haryana domicile to go on pilgrimage within the country and their expense would be borne by the state government.
Khattar made this announcement while making a reply in the discussion on Governor’s Address during the budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha.
“In case of couple, the expenses of the spouse belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) family would also be borne by the government. They would also be able to take along an assistant. In case of senior citizens of non-BPL families, the government would bear only 70 per cent of the cost,” CM said.
The senior citizens would be selected for the pilgrimage on the basis of draw of lots. There are more than 400 destinations which can be visited under the scheme.