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Amarnath Yatra Cancelled Due To Covid Pandemic

Srinagar: The Amarnath Yatra 2020 has been cancelled attributable to issues over the coronavirus pandemic, an announcement issued by the Raj Bhavan mentioned on Tuesday.

The assertion mentioned that the Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board (SASB) has determined with heavy coronary heart that it isn’t advisable to carry and conduct this yr’s Amarnath Yatra and expressed its remorse whereas saying the cancellation of the identical.

“The Board is aware of and respects the sentiments of millions of devotees. To keep the religious sentiments alive, the Board shall continue live telecast/virtual darshan of the morning and evening aarti. Further, the traditional rituals shall be carried out as per past practice. Also, the Chhadi Mubarak shall be facilitated by the government,” the assertion learn.

Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu, Chairman of the SASB, presided over the 39th Board assembly on Tuesday through which the members participated by way of video conferencing to debate the conduct of the Yatra.

The Board mentioned the Supreme Courtroom’s order dated July 13 through which the choice to conduct the Yatra was left to the administration/authorities after assessing the bottom realities prevailing in Jammu & Kashmir within the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

“The Board was informed that the arrangements were on track since February 2020, but due to the pandemic, the state executive committee continues to keep religious places and places of worship closed for the public. These prohibitions will continue till July 31,” the assertion learn.

“The spike within the variety of Covid-19 circumstances has been notably sharp in July. Well being employees and safety forces are additionally getting contaminated and the main focus of all the medical, civil and police administration in the mean time is on containing the native transmission of the virus.

“The well being issues are so critical that the pressure on the well being system, together with the diversion in sources to the Yatra, will probably be immense. This is able to additionally unnecessarily put the Yatris on the threat of catching the an infection,” the assertion learn.

The Board additionally mentioned the choice of the J& Excessive Courtroom directing the SASB to take a closing view within the mild of the order of the Supreme Courtroom and maintaining in view the compliance of all healthcare protocols, and commonplace working procedures notified by the Central authorities in addition to by the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.

“The Board additional deliberated the thought of views of the federal government. The federal government made reasoned observations supported by information which advised that it could not be advisable to conduct the Amarnath Yatra this yr and it could be advisable to cancel it in bigger public curiosity.

This is able to allow the well being, civil and police administrations to give attention to the instant challenges going through them, somewhat than diverting sources, manpower and a spotlight to the conduct of the Yatra,” the assertion learn.

(IANS)

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