Delhi: the Kejriwal government will sponsor the trip of the elderly to Kartapur

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal On Friday he announced that his government would sponsor the trip of the elderly from Delhi to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib under the command of Mukhyamantri Teerth Yatra Yojana.

The Delhi-Amritsar-Wagah border-Sri Anandpur Sahib route will be extended to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib. The Cabinet has given its in-principle approval to this extension today. Delhi's senior citizens will now be able to visit the sacred site free of cost under the scheme, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a press conference in Delhi.

Kejriwal said he will pay any fees to be paid at Indian government or in foreign or Indian currency during the yatra.

After emphasizing that there are many uncertainties about the rates that will be charged to pilgrims, he said: Once these details are finalized, we will also resolve the program under our scheme. As in other routes, older citizens will have the right to take a younger assistant with them.

The revenue department has been ordered to resolve the details based on the final agreement between the governments of India and Pakistan, he said.

He also announced the suspension of the Odd-Even scheme on November 11 and 12 in view of the 550 celebrations.

The 550th Prakash Parv of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji is celebrated through a great Nagar Kirtan on November 11 and the Guru Parv on November 12. Thousands of people in the Sikh community are expected to join the celebrations. Several Sikh organizations came to me with a request to suspend Odd-Even for these two days and we have decided to do that, Kejriwal said.

A delegation of Sikh leaders led by MLA Jarnail Singh of Tilak Nagar had met Thursday with Transportation Minister Kailash Gehlot.

The 550th Prakash Parv of Guru Nanak Dev will be held on a large scale worldwide.