Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2017

Chief Executive Officer meets Langar Organisation

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Jammu, February 14: Consequent to an extensive review meeting last week taken by Governor N. N. Vohra, who is Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, Shri P.K. Tripathi, Chief Executive Officer, held a meeting today with apex Langar Organization namely, Shri Amarnath Barfani Langars Organization (SABLO) to discuss various issues regarding setting up of Langars during Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2017.

CEO informed the Langars Organization (LOs) that Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2017 is scheduled to commence on 29th June, 2017 and shall conclude on 7th August, 2017 on the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan.

CEO thanked the LOs for their long standing relationship with Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board and appreciated their valued contribution of providing free food arrangements for Yatris in difficult mountainous terrain and harsh weather, during the annual Shri Amarnathji Yatra. CEO informed that a function would be held shortly to felicitate the Langar Organisations who have been setting up facilities inside the Yatra area, in appreciation of their valued contributions.

CEO informed that after a critical review it had been decided that for Yatra 2017 no new Langar Organization will be considered for setting up Langar inside the Yatra area. CEO, further informed that arrangements for providing free food to the Yatris enroute to the Yatra area shall be ensured through the concerned Deputy Commissioners who shall grant permissions for Langars being set up within their respective jurisdictions, from Lakhanpur onwards.

While recognizing the efforts of LOs in providing safe and quality free food to the Yatris, CEO urged the LOs to ensure cleanliness in the Yatra area and maintain proper hygiene in the interest of the Yatris. CEO further urged the LOs to ensure against the use of polythene in the Yatra area and assist the Shrine Board in its endeavour to preserve the ecology and environment of the Yatra area.

During the meeting various issues raised by representatives of the Langars Organization regarding the terms and conditions for setting up and functioning of the Langars were discussed. Considering various suggestions and feedback of the LO, CEO observed and hoped that Yatra 2017 would be organized with the active cooperation of various Langar Organizations.

In view of the security scenario in the state and to ensure the safety and security of the pilgrims, CEO apprised the LO about the necessity of submitting the Police Verification Reports and the Compulsory Health Certificates in respect of the Langar sewadars to be deployed by the LOs in their Langars during Yatra 2017. It was also informed that all the Sewadars will be provided with an Accident Insurance cover of Rs. 1 lakh each.

Among others the meeting was attended by Shri Jitendra Kumar Singh, Additional CEO, SASB, Shri Pankaj Kumar Anand, Deputy CEO, SASB, Shri Vijay Thakur, President SABLO, Shri Rajan Gupta, General Secretary and other members of the Langar Organization.