New Delhi: Senior citizens of Delhi will be able to visit the Ram Temple in Ayodhya free of cost when it’s ready.
Making the announcement of free pilgrimage in the assembly on Wednesday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal invoked Lord Hanuman, Lord Ram and Ram Rajya to present 10 principles for governance in Delhi.
“Delhi cannot progress if it does not respect senior citizens living in the city. For them, we launched the Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana, which allows them to visit various places of worship across the country free of cost. Everything from their travel, accommodation, and food is taken care of by the Delhi government under the scheme,” he said.
“Now, the grand Ram temple is being built in Ayodhya. Once the temple is ready, the Delhi government will include Ayodhya’s Ram temple also to its free pilgrimage scheme,” Kejriwal said.
Elaborating on his idea of Ram Rajya, Kejriwal said: “Lord Ram is revered by all. I am a devotee of Hanuman and Lord Ram. Ram Rajya (rule of Lord Ram) is considered an ideal welfare state. If we can take inspiration from Ram Rajya to achieve an ideal welfare state in Delhi, our lives will be successful. In Delhi, we are now trying to do that. Therefore, we have made 10 principles based on Ram Rajya, which my government will follow.”
The first principle to be followed is to ensure nobody is left hungry in normal times or in a pandemic-like situation, he said. The remaining principles will ensure quality education for every child, universal access to good medical services, clean water, electricity, respect of senior citizens, shelter, the safety of women, equality for all irrespective of religion, caste, economic status.