New Delhi: Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal had raised objections to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s proposed scheme to fund pilgrimages by senior citizens, Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot said on Friday.
Reacting to Mr. Gahlot’s tweet announcing that the L-G had objected to a part of the Mukhya Mantri Teerth Yatra Yojana, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “I feel v v sad that LG is practically obstructing every scheme and every project of Del Govt. How do we run govt like this? My appeal to BJP – Don’t obstruct our work. I challenge ur govts in other states to compete wid us in work (sic)”.
The Raj Niwas said in a statement, the Lieutenant-Governor “had only given certain suggestions” and had asked the Minister to discuss the proposal so that a considered decision could be taken.
Mr. Gahlot had said that the L-G wanted the scheme to be restricted to below poverty line (BPL) senior seniors.
“Now LG objects to Teerth Yatra Yojana . LG wants it to be restricted to BPL. LG forgets that many children do not support their old parents.They would be happy to receive govt support. And every govt facility should not be restricted only to BPL (sic),” Mr. Gahlot tweeted.
In his suggestion, the Raj Niwas statement said, Mr. Baijal had advised that it would be equitable to have some income criteria to ascertain eligibility of beneficiaries as original proposal too envisaged government assistance to only those senior citizens of Delhi who do not have means to undertake pilgrimage on their own.
Mr. Baijal, the statement sought to clarify further, had also sought clarification as to why a certificate from the area MLA was necessary regarding residence of applicant when election voter card had already been mandatory to be eligible as a beneficiary.
In its budget for 2018-2019, presented on March 22, the Delhi government had allocated Rs. 53 crore for the scheme to fund pilgrimages for 77,000 senior citizens.
While presenting the budget, Finance Minister Manish Sisodia had said that the L-G’s approval was awaited and that the scheme could not be rolled out after his nod.
In the past month, the AAP government and the L-G have clashed over several schemes, including the home delivery of rations.