Following the instructions of Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra, all pilgrims having valid Amarnath yatra permits will be provided an insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh against accidental death during the period of yatra this year.
Vohra is also the chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board.
Divulging details, Navin K Choudhary, chief executive officer of the board, said the insurance cover would be available to all registered yatris one week ahead of the commencement of the pilgrimage while ending one week after the conclusion of the yatra.
He clarified that the insurance would cover accidental death anywhere in the state while travelling to the yatra base camps or while moving on the tracks to the shrine.
The CEO, meanwhile, appealed to the pilgrims - in their own interest - to obtain valid registration after securing a compulsory health certificate.
"It is in the interest of the pilgrims to undergo a proper medical check-up before registering themselves for the yatra for which elaborated arrangements have been made by the board,"he said.
The possession of a valid yatra permit would also enable the pilgrims to be covered under the accidental insurance.