MHA Addl Secy briefs Guv on Amarnath yatra arrangements

Additional Secretary MHA Gyanesh Kumar in a meeting with Governor Satya Pal Malik in Srinagar on Friday.

Advisor reviews security, other aspects

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 7: Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Gyanesh Kumar and senior officers of the Intelligence agencies today gave detailed briefing to Governor Satya Pal Malik on arrangements being made for annual pilgrimage of Shri Amarnath Ji shrine, beginning July 1.
Kumar accompanied by senior Intelligence officers met Malik at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar and briefed him about extensive meetings that had with the State Police, Intelligence agencies and officers of the State Government regarding fool-proof arrangements being made for smooth conduct of the yatra including facilities for the pilgrims enroute and security issues.
Kumar also informed the Governor about aerial reconnaissance undertaken by them of both Pahalgam and Baltal Yatra tracks and their observations regarding the yatra arrangements.
Meanwhile, Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar, Incharge Home Department, today chaired a high level meeting to discuss the security and other related arrangements for the smooth conduct of Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra, which will start on July 1 and last 46 days till August 15. The meeting was attended by Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh, Additional Secretary Home, Government of India, Gyanesh Kumar, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt Gen J S Dhillon, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) Umang Narula, Principal Secretary Home Shaleen Kabra, ADGP CID Dr B. Srinivas, ADGP Security Munir Ahmad Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan, IGP Traffic Alok Kumar, IGP Kashmir S P Pani, senior officers of Central Armed Police Forces and other security agencies.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma and Inspector General of Police, Jammu Range, M K Sinha attended the meeting through video conferencing.
Threadbare discussions were held on all important aspects related to the security arrangements for Shri Amarnath ji Yatra -2019. Further, role and responsibilities of all the security agencies involved in making security related arrangements were also discussed in detail during the meeting.
All the participants provided their inputs and suggestions for strengthening the security grid and fool proof security cover for yatris during their forward & return journey.
With regard to other arrangements for the pilgrims to be made by the civil administration, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir gave a detailed presentation and assured that arrangements will be put in place well in time so that the pilgrims didn’t face any inconvenience during their yatra period in the State.
Advisor Kumar stressed the need for all concerned agencies to maintain effective coordination among themselves to ensure smooth conduct of the forthcoming yatra.
“It is our collective responsibility to put in sincere efforts to ensure security of the pilgrims coming to the State to perform annual pilgrimage of Shri Amarnath ji,’’ he added.
He asked all the senior officers to take regular review meetings with the field functionaries and other staff so that any deficiency if reported is rectified well in time.