Guv reviews arrangements for Yatra 2013

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JAMMU: The arrangements being made for Shri Amarnathji Yatra, which is scheduled to begin on 28th June 2013 and conclude on 21st August, 2013, were reviewed here today by Governor N. N. Vohra, who is also the Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board Navin K. Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer, SASB; Preet Pal Singh, Additional Chief Executive Officer, SASB, R. K. Pandita, General Manager (Works), SASB, Rajneesh Kumar, Deputy CEO and other senior officers attended the meeting held in Raj Bhawan, Jammu.

The CEO briefed the Chairman about the to-date measures taken to commence the registration of Yatris on 18th March 2013. He informed that arrangements have been made to provide registration counters through 422 outlets for the ensuing Yatra as compared to 276 outlets provided last year. He further stated that 121 Branches of J&K Bank, 50 Branches of YES Bank, 101 Branches of State Bank of India, 100 Branches of Punjab National Bank and 50 Branches of HDFC Bank would be launching registration on 18th March 2013. The Chairman was informed that, for the convenience of the applicant-Yatris, the list of Bank Branches, format of the Application Form, and format of the Compulsory Health Certificate (CHC) have been uploaded on the Board’s website: shriamarnathjishrine.com. The CEO also informed that state-wise list of Doctors/Institutes authorized to issue CHC in respect of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Chandigarh and Tripura has also been put on Board’s website.

To ensure wide publicity of all Yatra related matters, Chairman asked CEO, SASB, to issue very clear Advisories, from time to time, to inform all intending Yatris about the requirement of obtaining the prescribed Compulsory Health Certificate (CHC) from the State Government authorized doctors/ medical institutes. The Chairman also asked the CEO to address Heath Secretaries of all those States/UTs which are yet to nominate authorised Doctors/Medical Institutes and ask them to send the lists by 28th February 2013, so that the Yatris hailing from these States/UTs do not have to face any avoidable hardships. The Chairman desired the CEO to meet the senior most officials of Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Doordarshan, and AIR this week to ensure the early launch of the awareness campaign regarding: (i) Registration procedure to be  followed by Yatris; (ii) requirement on the part of every Yatri to furnish the prescribed Compulsory Health Certificate; (iii) details of the doctors/medical institutes who are authorized by various States/UTs to issue Compulsory Health Certificates; and (iv) Do’s and Don’ts to be followed by the Yatris during the course of the Yatra. 

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