No change in Amit Shah’s Kashmir policy: Guv

‘Yatra takes place with people’s support’

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, June 30: Governor Satya Pal Malik today lauded the role of local Muslims in ensuring the smooth conduct of the Amarnath Yatra over the years and expressed hope that the pilgrimage will be successful this year too.
Malik said while the Government looks after the security aspect of the annual pilgrimage, it is conducted with the support of the locals.
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“The security for the yatra is our responsibility and we are taking care of it. But police or Army do not conduct the yatra. For many years, the Amarnath Yatra is being conducted by the people of Kashmir, especially our Muslim brothers. The yatra takes place with their support,” he told reporters here.
“If all of us work together, it will be successful,” he added.
The 46-day annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Lord Shiva in South Kashmir Himalayas will commence on Monday and conclude on August 15.
Asked whether the Centre’s Kashmir policy will see a change with Amit Shah being appointed as the Union Home Minister, Malik said he had not seen anything of that sort yet.
“I am not seeing anything like that yet, but Amit Shah’s leadership is a very successful leadership and whatever work he has undertaken, he has been successful in it,” he said.
Earlier, Governor Satya Pal Malik inaugurated the Jehangir Chowk-Alochi Bagh limb of the Jehangir Chowk- Rambagh flyover here today.
Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, K. Skandan- Advisors to Governor; Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor Srinagar Municipal Corporation; Sheikh Imran, Deputy Mayor Srinagar Municipal Corporation; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Umang Narula, Financial Commissioner to Governor; Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary Planning, Development and Monitoring; Baseer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and various senior officers were present on the occasion.
The Governor congratulated the executing agencies and observed that the completion of this 1.38 km portion of Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover will decongest traffic and considerably reduce travel time from airport to the city centre and vice-versa, besides providing relief to the business community across the busy stretch between Jehangir Chowk and Rambagh.