Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra on Wednesday reviewed the arrangements being made for the Amarnath Yatra, which is scheduled to begin on June 28.
The governor, who is also the chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), was briefed about the status of advance registration which is being done by the designated branches of J&K Bank, Punjab National Bank and YES Bank all over the country.
SASB chief executive officer Navin K Choudhary said that for the convenience of the pilgrims, the list of doctors and hospitals authorised to issue compulsory health certificates have been uploaded in respect of all the states/UTs, except Lakshadweep, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, Meghalaya and Sikkim.
In this context, the governor asked CEO to issue immediate reminders to the health secretaries of the aforesaid states/UTs, and once again request them to publicise lists of the authorised doctors / medical institutes.
The governor was also briefed about the arrangements with regard to heli-services for the pilgrims, issuance of permissions for the setting up of tents and shops, and about the finalisation of various contracts relating to the maintenance of sanitation in the pligrimage area, provision of insurance covers to registered pilgrims, service providers, ponies, issuance of permission letters to langar organisation to set up free langars, provision of telecom facility and dissemination of pilgrimage-related information.
The review meeting chaired by the governor also discussed the status of all related arrangements which are to be made by the divisional administration (Kashmir); district administrations of Ganderbal and Anantnag districts; CEO, Pahalgam development authority; CEO, Sonamarg development authority; and the various other departments concerned including tourism, public health engineering, health, labour and animal husbandry.
Choudhary briefed the chairman about the action taken to implement the directions passed by the Supreme Court regarding various arrangements to be made for the Amarnath pilgrimage.
The governor also directed CEO to ensure timely advance action for the identification of the required number of suitably experienced civil and police officers who are to be deployed as camp directors and additional camp directors in the entire pilgrimage area.