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KATHUA: Minister for Health and Medical Education, ARI and Trainings Choudhary Lal Singh today flagged off first batch of 5100 pilgrims of Shri Amarnathji Yatra from Lakhanpur base camp- the gateway of Jammu and Kashmir- for onward journey to the Himalayan cave shrine in South Kashmir District of Anantnag.   The pilgrims left Lakhanpur at 10 a.m, while many of them registered themselves for the annual pilgrimage on spot for which government has put up a special counter.

District Development Commissioner Kathua Mr. Ajay Singh Jamwal, Deputy Commissioner Excise Mr. Rajesh Sharma, Director Health Services Dr. Baljeet Singh Pathania, Additional Development Commissioner Kathua Mr. Manmohan Singh besides other senior officers of civil and police   were present at the  flagging off ceremony.

Earlier, interacting with the pilgrims and media persons, Choudhary Lal Singh  said government has made adequate  arrangements   for smooth conduct of the Yatra from Lakhanpur to cave shrine. “Entire state administration is fully geared up to provide every facility like, drinking water, medicare, electricity and security to the Yatris at base camps”, he said

Praying for smooth and safe yatra, the Minister said the pilgrims have to brave tough and inclement weather conditions during the yatra. He appealed the people to undertake the Yatra only after proper medical checkup and   registration.  He said this year, the Health and Medical Education Department has set up medical aid camps at a distance of 10 kilometer from Lakhanpur to Cave shrine.

First batch of pilgrims, which left Lakhanpur amid chanting of religious slogans, hymns and prayers, included males, females and children on a fleet of 27 buses and 21 Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs). Later, the Minister also inspected the registration counter, medical aid camps and control room established at Toll plaza Lakhanpur. All the vehicles enroute shrine of Baba Amarnathji would be registered here and issued with receipts and pilgrimage stickers.

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JAMMU: Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control,  Sukhnandan Choudhary today visited  Bhagwati Nagar Base Camp and Ram Mandir Purani Mandi to take stock of the arrangements put in place for Shri Amarnathji Yatra. MLA Jammu East, Rajesh Gupta also accompanied the Minister during the visit. Minister interacted with the pilgrims and inquired about the facilities being provided to them. He directed the concerned officers to ensure adequate facilities are provided to the devotees so that they do not face any inconvenience.

While responding to the issue pertaining to cloak room facility at Bhagwati Nagar, base camp for the yatris, the Minister said that the matter  will be taken up with the  Shrine Board  to facilitate the yatries. The Minister also sought cooperation from media for providing information to the yatries. The Minister said that the government has made adequate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the yatra.


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SRINAGAR: The Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh today launched Shri AmarnathJi Yatra helpline website developed by National Informatics Centre J&K State Centre Srinagar. The website would be providing detailed information about the registration process, online booking of helicopter tickets, medical helpline, daily updates for yatris, a list of bank branches for registration of yatra 2015, registration procedure for NRIs/devotees from abroad, useful information and tips for yatris, list of authorized institutions/doctors for issuing compulsory health certificates for yatra 2015 and weather updates. The website would provide valuable information to the prospective yatris and can be accessed at The function was attended by Mr. Abhay Kumar, State Informatics Officer J&K, Mr. Suresh Kumar Scientist, Mr. Rohit and other officers of the NIC.