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Special registration facility for NRI Amarnath pilgrims

india Updated: Feb 02, 2014 20:21 IST

Non-resident Indians will now have a special registration facility for the annual Amarnath Yatra starting from June 28.

"The registration facility has been specially established in view of the fact that a good number of devotees living abroad undertake this annual Yatra," CEO of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) Naveen Choudhary said here on Sunday.

The 44-day annual pilgrimage to the holy Himalayan cave shrine of Lord Shiva in south Kashmir will commence from June 28 from both Baltal and traditional Pahalgam routes, and will conclude on August 10.

The CEO said that an ex-Indian pilgrim shall need to furnish scanned copies of filled-in application form, compulsory health certificate (CHC) and his or her scanned photograph.

NRIs should obtain a CHC, issued after 1st February 2014 from the National Health Services in which they reside or from a reputed private hospital.

"The format of CHC shall be the same as for pilgrims from India. On arrival, the NRIs have the choice of collecting the Yatra Permit from the designated branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) at Jammu or Srinagar," he said.

This choice shall be indicated by the NRI pilgrims when they e-mail their application form to -- nkanand@pnb.co.in.

They also have to deposit the prescribed registration fee of `500 in the designated PNB branch.

The CEO said that the intending ex-Indian yatris would be informed through e-mail whether they had been registered for the yatra and the address of the bank branch at Jammu or Srinagar to collect the yatra permit.

The detailed procedure for registering ex-Indian pilgrims and the formats of application form and compulsory health certificate have been put on the SASB website -- www.shriamarnathjishrine.com.