Yatra registration from Mar 1

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 31:  The process of registering Yatris for this year’s Shri Amarnathji Yatra shall commence on March 1, simultaneously for both Baltal and Chandanwari routes, through 425 designated Bank Branches.
Issues relating to the commencement of  registration for this year’s Yatra were discussed at the last meeting of the Shrine Board.
In an extensive review meeting held today by the Shrine Board Chairman  and Governor N N Vohra, Navin K. Choudhary ECO, Preet Pal Singh, Additional CEO and other concerned functionaries, the Board decided  that the registration process should start even earlier for Yatra 2014. For Yatra 2013 the Registration process had commenced on March 18.
Mr Choudhary said the Yatries, who  wish to undertake this year’s Shri Amarnathji Yatra can register themselves from Registration Counters located all across the country through 425 designated Branches of J&K Bank, YES Bank, and Punjab National Bank spread over all the States/ UTs.
Full details of all the Registration Centres has been made available on the Board’s website, www.shriamarnathjishrine.com. He further stated that, this year’s Yatra shall commence simultaneously, along both the Baltal and the Chandanwari routes, on June 28  and culminate on Raksha Bandhan, the August 10.
The CEO informed that it is essential for the applicant- Yatri to submit Compulsory Health Certificate while seeking registration for this year’s Shri Amarnathji Yatra. The format of the Compulsory Health Certificate has been circulated by the Union Health Ministry and the J&K State Health Department to all States/ UTs and is also available on the website of the Shrine Board (www.shriamarnathjishrine.com).
The CEO further informed that it for ensuring against the use of fraudulent Health Certificates, only such a Health Certificate which has been issued by a Doctor or Medical Institute authorised by the concerned State Government / UT Administration will be valid for registration.  He also informed that all States/ UTs have been asked to furnish lists of Doctors / Medical Institutes who would be authorised to issue the Compulsory Health Certificates to the eligible Yatris in their respective States/ UTs. The CEO informed that the lists of Doctors/ Medical Institutes from the States/ UTs will be put on the website as soon as these are received. He said that, for Yatra 2014, Health Certificates issued after February 1, 2014 would be valid.
For the purpose of Registration, to be done on ‘First-Come-First-Serve Basis’, the requisite Application Form and the Compulsory Health Certificate Form, can be collected from any of the designated Branches of J&K Bank,YES Bank and Punjab National Bank or downloaded from the Board’s website.
Cautioning the Yatris against undertaking this arduous Yatra without securing a Yatra Permit, Mr Choudhary stressed that, for ensuring effective security arrangements along the difficult tracks, only those Yatris who are in possession of a Yatra Permit which is valid for a specified date and route will be allowed to proceed beyond the Base Camps, and cross the Entry Gates at Domel and Chandanwari.
The CEO appealed to all intending Yatris to early complete the necessary formalities for Registration and timely obtain a Yatra Permit, in their own interest, so that they do not face any inconvenience on the date of their Yatra.