amarnath: Security review ahead of Amarnath yatra

SRINAGAR: Ahead of the upcoming Amarnath Yatra from June 30 to August 11, security agencies in a coordinating conference held at the headquarters of Chinar Corps‘ Kilo Force on Wednesday reviewed the security situation in Kashmir Valley besides discussing administrative issues.
The 43-day annual pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine in Pahalgam will be conducted this year with strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.

In 2020 and 2021, the Yatra was conducted symbolically with just the mahants taking the holy mace to the Amarnath shrine in a chopper because of the pandemic; while in 2019, the pilgrimage was cancelled midway ahead of the nullification of Articles 370 and 35A in August that year.
The conference was chaired by Maj Gen SS Salaria, General Officer Commanding Kilo Force.

It brought out aspects of coherent efforts of the Army, paramilitary forces and civil administration in ensuring complete safety and administrative assistance for the pilgrims.
Kashmir health department has deployed 1,500 medical personnel for Yatra duties to provide medical assistance to devotees, Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, director of health services, said on Wednesday.
“The department also conducts training in high-altitude medicine for MRT, SDRF and medical staff of police, BSF, etc.,” Dr Rather said, adding that these exercises are meant to train personnel deployed in those areas to proactively handle medical emergencies during the Yatra.

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