Rajasthan government has decided to offer free pilgrimage facility to the elderly Bhamashah cardholders under the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Senior Pilgrimage Policy. Last year, the beneficiaries were required to carry their Bhamashah card as well as Aadhaar card but this time, they only need to carry their Bhamashah card. The interested people can apply till 10th June to avail the benefit.

The senior citizens can apply for the scheme either through the official website of the department or through e-Mitra facility. As per the travel plan, 6,000 passengers from across the state can travel by railway while four thousand can travel by air.

Since the assembly elections are due by the end of the year, the pilgrimage has been scheduled to start in July. Earlier it was planned to take place between October and November, much like every year. The department has already started making preparations for the pilgrimage. After receiving all online applications, the District Collector will decide the names of the travelers through a lucky draw.

PilgrimageRameswaram Temple in Tamil Nadu

Reportedly, the pilgrims traveling by train will be able to visit 5 pilgrimage centres. These include Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, Jaggannath Puri in Odisha, Dwarkapuri in Gujarat and Vaishno Devi in Jammu. The interested candidates have already started to apply and the online applications will be submitted until June 10.

In order to apply for the pilgrimage, the cardholders can simply access the official Devasthan website and enter their Bhamashah ID. For those who don’t have their Bhamashah cards, have another option to click which will further navigate to another page. Here, they will be asked to Citizen Registration and after submitting the details, they can get themselves registered.