All Amarnath Yatra pilgrims will have insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh free of cost.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra today received a policy extending the insurance cover to all the registered Yatris, labourers and pony owners during the upcoming Amarnath Yatra, from Chairman-cum-Managing Director of New India Assurance Company, Mumbai, M Ramadoss, who called on him at Raj Bhavan in Srinagar.
The insurance policy has the provision of free of charge accident insurance cover of Rs one lakh for every pilgrim who possesses a Yatra permit. The entire expenditure for drawing this insurance cover is being borne by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) which manages the annual yatra.
In the 2009 yatra, a Yatri seeking an accident insurance cover was required to pay Rs 24 at the time of registration for the Yatra. Accidental insurance cover has also been provided, with the support from the state government, to all the registered labourers deployed during the Yatra, as well as for pony owners, in case their horse/pony is involved in an accidental death.
This scheme is aimed at benefitting about 20,000 labourers and 7,000 pony-owners, belonging to economically weaker sections of society and is among the several new initiatives for ensuring progressive improvement in the Yatra management.
The yatra to the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas commences from July 1 and attracts lakhs of devotees from across the country and abroad every year. The cave shrine houses the naturally formed ice Shiva-lingam.