Discusses arrangements, management of Amarnath Yatra
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Wednesday invited political leaders of various parties over high- tea meeting to discuss ways and means for making the Amarnath pilgrims a grand success.
This is for the first time that LG Sinha reached out to J&K politicians seeking their support for making the annual pilgrimage of Amarnath a “grand success”
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, however, skipped the meet on the pretext that “high-tea amid prevailing situation was not its priority.” Peoples Conference (PC) Chairman, Sajad Gani Lone also couldn’t attend the event as he was apparently out of town.
The meeting was attended by National Conference (NC) president, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, former Member of Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beigh, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Apni Party president Syed Altaf Bukhari, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) J&K unit president, Ravinder Raina, CPI (M) leader, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) chief, Hakeem Muhammad Yaseen, Awami National Conference (ANC) senior vice president Muzaffar Ahmad Shah and JD (U) J&K head, G M Shaheen.
During the meeting, the Lieutenant Governor discussed the conduct of Amarnath yatra, commencing today.
Sinha as per the sources sought suggestions from the participants with regard to ensuring peaceful conduct of the yatra. The meeting lasted for nearly one hour in which the arrangements put in place and steps taken for the pilgrimage were shared with the leaders.
“The leaders have informed the meeting that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have always supported and cooperated to ensure smooth conduct of the yatra,” sources said, adding that the leaders also apprised the Lieutenant Governor that the instead of the government, its people who have extended the support to the yatries whenever any accident or incident took place here.
The Lt Governor observed that sacred pilgrimage strengthens our faith in the goodness of mankind and its successful conduct is responsibility of every citizen of the UT, an official spokesman later said in a statement issued here.
“Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra is a reflection of our composite culture and people belonging to all the faiths are contributing to make it successful”, the Lt Governor said.
The senior leaders appealed to the people for their continuous support and assistance in the conduct of the Yatra, which is pride of Jammu Kashmir and reflection of unity in diversity. The senior leaders also observed that Yatra is a vital part of J&K’s economy and livelihood source for a large number of local people.
The Lt Governor also apprised the meeting about the arrangements put in place for Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra-2022, besides special places identified at all Yatra Camps for selling local products, including famous art and handicrafts of Jammu Kashmir.
All the senior leaders of prominent political parties of J&K put forth their views and suggestions for the smooth and successful conduct of Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra, the spokesman concluded.