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'J&K Govt to provide facilities to yatris'

india Updated: Jun 29, 2008 13:03 IST

A day after the PDP withdrew support to the ruling coalition over land transfer to the Amarnath shrine board, the Congress-led government in Jammu & Kashmir has said it is fully capable of providing all logistical support to pilgrims of the annual Amarnath yatra.

Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday said the state government could provide all facilities to the pilgrims, including their lodging and travel.

He was responding to a Raj Bhavan statement which sought to know if the state government could cater to the need of the yatris and ensure a smooth and safe pilgrimage.

Azad's government, which has been reduced to a minority after the PDP withdrew its support yesterday following the controversial forest land transfer to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, has been trying to rein in violent protests in the state over the issue.

Separatist leader Yasin Malik was among the many injured during the week-long violent protests.

The Board, headed by the Governor and constituted by a legislation of the State Assembly in 2000, is looking after arrangements of the annual pilgrimage.