JAMMU, Jan 17: The Women Wing of National Panthers Party (NPP) held a protest and urged the Governor to not reduce the Shri Amarnath Yatra period.
Amid slogans, large number of women under the banner of Women Wing of National Panthers Party (NPP) held protest.
“Shri Amarnath Yatra has been a universal yatra sthal in Jammu and Kashmir for centuries. It is one of the Hindu pilgrims destination which is manned, organized and assisted by the Muslim fraternity of Kashmir valley since the Mughal period whole-heartedly. This yatra is drawn from all nook and corners of India and fully assisted and cooperated by the Kashmiri Muslim fraternity who has been acting as perfect hosts since centuries”, said NPP General Secretary, Anita Thakur while addressing the women activists of the party.
She expressed shock on the decision of the Government to reduce the yatra period to just 40 days. She added that this latest gift awarded by the Coalition Government is very unfortunate and unacceptable.
The protesters expressed surprise that the Government has not cared about the pilgrims as well as about the people of Kashmir valley who remain engaged for three months whole-heartedly and contribute a lot for the success of the Shri Amarnath Yatra.
They added that besides, this contribution, the unemployed youth also used to earn their wages during this yatra. It worked as a social security to the working class in Kashmir valley as well as this yatra has been generating the spirit of goodwill and brotherhood for centuries, they stated.
Anita Thakur has demanded that yatra period should be extended to 90 days so that the unemployed youth and the workers may also get an opportunity to earn and learn from their brethren who visit Kashmir during this session hailing from different parts of the country.
Prof Bhim Singh has also urged Governor NN Vohra to reconsider the decision taken by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board in the interest of generating goodwill of the youth of Kashmir through this process to develop human communication and promoting the spirit of National Integration, which has always been promoted by the people of J&K.