JAMMU, Feb 14: Consequent to an extensive review meeting last week taken by Governor N. N. Vohra, who is Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, P.K. Tripathi, Chief Executive Officer, held a meeting today with Shri Amarnath Barfani Langars Organization (SABLO) to discuss various issues regarding setting up of Langars during Shri Amarnathji Yatra.
CEO informed SABLO that Shri Amarnathji Yatra is scheduled to commence on 29th June and will conclude on 7th August, 2017 on the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan.
CEO thanked the SABLO for long standing relationship with Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board and appreciated valued contribution of providing free food arrangements for Yatris in difficult mountainous terrain and harsh weather, during the annual Shri Amarnathji Yatra. He 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. The arrangements for providing free food to the Yatris enroute will be ensured through the concerned Deputy Commissioners who will grant permissions for Langars being set up within their respective jurisdictions from Lakhanpur onwards.
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, CEO 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 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 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 Jitendra Kumar Singh, Additional CEO, SASB, Pankaj Kumar Anand, Deputy CEO, SASB, Vijay Thakur, President SABLO, Rajan Gupta, General Secretary and other members of the Langar Organization.