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Amarnath yatra may last 2 months next year if no 3rd wave

The annual pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine of Shri Amarnath Ji is set to be for a “maximum period” next year, most likely for two months, and efforts will be made to attract the pilgrims to various other religious places, including Kheer Bhawani, Mattan, Sharda temples etc. to extend their stay to benefit the locals.

The feasibility report and cost of running a Cable Car to the shrine located in South Kashmir Himalayas is also advanced.

This surfaced during a meeting of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) which was chaired by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and was attended by members of the Board including Swami Avdeshanand Giri Ji Maharaj, Pt Bhajan Sopori, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, DC Raina, Prof Anita Billawaria, Tripta Dhawan, Dr Sudershan Kumar and Prof Vishwamurti Shastri.

Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) SASB Nitishwar Kumar, CEO SMVDSB Ramesh Kumar, Additional CEO SASB, former Additional CEO SASB and other senior officers were also present at the meeting.

However, an official handout issued by the Government gave no details about the yatra except that various issues related to new Yatri Niwas Bhawans at Srinagar, Jammu and Ramban figured at the meeting.

However, some of the members told the Excelsior that there was a view for holding annual Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra in 2022 for a maximum period as the previous three consecutive yatras have been disrupted–2019 due to August 5 decisions and 2020 and 2021 because of Coronavirus pandemic.

“There was a view that the pilgrimage should be conducted for two months, and this proposal is likely to be accepted in the next meeting of the SASB, which is expected to take place in January-February,” they said but added that the Government will consider COVID situation before deciding as some of the Health experts have suggested that third wave of COVID could peak in February because of the Omicron variant.

According to some of the members, there is also a proposal to attract Shri Amarnath Ji pilgrims to other religious places like Kheer Bhawani, Mattan, Sharda temples etc., to extend their stay in the Valley, which will benefit those connected with tourism a lot.

As far as the Cable Car project for the Shri Amarnath Ji shrine is concerned, the feasibility report is advanced. The cost of construction is also being studied, they said.

“Focus of today’s meeting remained at providing maximum possible facilities to Shri Amarnath Ji pilgrims including under construction Bhavans at Srinagar, Ramban and Jammu,” sources said.

They added that the members were asked to give their suggestions, both in writing or verbally, about making the yatra more smooth for pilgrims from across the country.

“The idea is to provide maximum facilities to the pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir right from Lakhanpur to the holy cave shrine,” they added.

It may be mentioned here that the last three successive Amarnath Ji pilgrimages have poorly been impacted.

Ahead of Central Government’s August 5, 2019 decisions scrapping special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of erstwhile State into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, Shri Amarnath Ji yatra was suspended nearly a fortnight before the conclusion.

In 2020 and 2021, the pilgrimage wasn’t held due to the COVID pandemic and only symbolic ‘Chhari Mubarak’ was taken to the cave shrine by the Mahant Deependera Giri Ji and Sadhus.

However, this year, if COVID remains under control, the yatra could last at least a couple of months.

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J&K govt orders transfers, postings in civil administration

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The J&K government on Thursday ordered transfers and postings in the civil administration.

As per an order issued to this effect by the General Administration Department, Syed Yasir Farooq, Assistant Commissioner

Revenue, Anantnag, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Home Department.

Ms Shavi, Deputy District Election Officer, Udhampur is transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Handlooms, Jammu, against an available vacancy while Mohd Idrees, Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Doda, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, District Employment and Counselling Centre, Doda, against an available vacancy.

Towfeeq Ahmad Gazi, BDO, Lar, Ganderbal, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Beerwah, against an available vacancy and shall also hold the additional charge of the post of Sub-Registrar, Beerwah, till further orders.

Sanjeev Sharma, Field Officer in the Directorate of Rural Sanitation, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Health and Medical Education Department.

Sunaina Saini, DPO, Udhampur, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Hospitality and Protocol (Stores), relieving Ashima Sher of the additional charge of the post. Peerzada Farhat Ahmad, DSWO, Anantnag, has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Pulwama, against an available vacancy.

Arun Kumar Badyal, BDO, Mughal Maidan, Kishtwar is transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Gandoh, relieving Mr Mohd. Ashfaq, Assistant Commissioner Panchayat, Doda of the additional charge of the post. He shall also hold the additional charge of the post of Sub-Registrar Gandoh, till further orders.

Syed Nadeem Iqbal Andrabi, BDO, Dadsara, Pulwama is transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Rural Sanitation, Kashmir, against an available vacancy.

Akhil Sadotra, BDO, Marh, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Akhnoor against an available vacancy. He shall also hold the additional charge of the post of Sub-Registrar, Akhnoor, till further orders.

Mumtaz Ahmad Pir, BDO, Tujjar Sharief, Baramulla has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Baramulla and shall take over the charge of the post on the retirement of Rafiq Ahmad Lone on January 31 this year.

Reyaz Ahmad Shah, BDO, Pulwama, has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Anantnag, vice Nissar Ahmad Malik, who shall report to the General Administration Department for further posting.

Piyush Dhotra, DPO, Kathua, has been transferred and posted as General Manager, JKRTC, Jammu against an available vacancy.

Tariq Ahmad Reshi, BDO Chrar-i-Sharief, Budgam has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar Sopore, relieving Parvez Sajad Ganai Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sopore of the additional charge of the post.

Suheel Ahmad Lone, BDO, Pampore has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar Pulwama.

Shoaib Noor, BDO, Nowgam, Bandipore, has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Anantnag.

Shakoor Ahmad Dar, BDO Keller (Shopian) has been transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Health and Medical Education Department.

Anshumali Sharma, DPO, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as General Manager, Medical Supplies Corporation, Jammu, against an available vacancy.

Shabir Ahmad Hakak, State Taxes Officer, Circle F, Srinagar, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar, Budgam.

Syed Farooq Ahmad, BDO, Awantipore, has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Srinagar, against an available vacancy.

Bashir Ahmad Padder, State Taxes Officer, Budgam has been transferred and posted as General Manager, JKTDC, Kashmir, against an available vacancy.

Vishal Singh Parihar, Tehsildar, Khour, Jammu has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar Vijaypur, relieving Vinay Kumar, JKAS, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Vijaypur of the additional charge of the post.

Bashir Ahmad Bhat, BDO, Aloosa, Bandipore has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Ganderbal against an available vacancy.

Afroza Bano, BDO, Budgam, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar, Ganderbal.

Maxiumn Gorkie, Assistant Director, Employment, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Rural Sanitation, Jammu.

Umesh Shan, AD Tourism, NH Batote, has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Panchayat, Reasi, against an available vacancy.

Bashir Ul Hassan, BDO, Qazigund, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar, Kulgam.

Phulail Singh, BDO, Bhalla, Doda, has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Doda.

Arshad Ahmad Khan, BDO Noorkhah, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar, Handwara relieving Nazir Ahmad Mir, JKAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Handwara of the additional charge of the post.

Vishav Partap Singh, BDO, Bhomag, Reasi, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Tourism Department.

Tanveer Ahmed Tanveer, State Taxes Officer, Kupwara, has been transferred and posted as Sub Registrar, Anantnag.

Ranjeet Singh, Deputy Registrar, Cooperatives, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Panchayat, Udhampur against an available vacancy.

Akshaya Rajan, Tehsildar Marheen, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Motor Garages, J&K.

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Dr Jitendra hosts lunch for J&K Republic Day Tableau team

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh hosted a lunch for the Jammu & Kashmir Tableau team members who had performed in the Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath in the national capital.
 
The team of artists, along with choreographers and musicians, have also been given an appointment to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.
 
The members of the team expressed their overwhelming joy at the support and encouragement offered by Dr Jitendra Singh and also the hospitality was given by him. They said, this was the first-of-its-kind experience they had gone through and they were absolutely excited about it.
 
Pertinent to mention that, unlike on several earlier occasions, this was a rare Republic Day function at Rajpath, New Delhi in which the Jammu & Kashmir Tableau was primarily dominated by culture and art of the Jammu region and the face of the Tableau displayed Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan along with other monumental projects like world’s highest Rail Bridge in Reasi and institutions like AIIMS, IIT and IIM, which have come up in the region during the recent years under the Modi Government. The background music and lyrics were also based on Jammu’s popular folk songs, “Sadha-e-Jammu”, “Sadhi Bakhri Pehchan”.
 
Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dr Jitendra Singh said, in the last nearly eight years, a conscious effort has been made to provide equitable development and equitable attention to every region of Jammu & Kashmir. This has ignited confidence and self-esteem in every section of society and every region, he said.
 
Complimenting the members of the team for their distinguished performance, Dr Jitendra Singh said, he would like the people back home to understand the amount of effort, hard work and focussed preparation for several months, which had been put in for this performance. He also appreciated the perseverance and difficult competitive trial through which the team members had gone through forgetting their Tableau included in the Republic Day programme at the national level.
 
Dr Jitendra Singh said, very few people are aware that entry of any State or UT Tableau in a Republic Day programme at the national level has to go through different stages of competition and trial, and many States and UTs get excluded in the process and lose the opportunity to be included in the Republic Day programme. For this, he also complimented the hard work put in by the officials of the Department of Culture and consistent support rendered to them by the freelance groups engaged by them.
 
Dr Jitendra Singh had a detailed interaction with each of the members of the team individually and said they were the Cultural Ambassadors of the region. He assured each one of them of every possible support for the upgradation of their skill and performance.
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Seven fresh COVID deaths, 4,959 new cases in J&K

Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded a single-day spike of 4959 new COVID-19 cases- 3565 in Kashmir and 1394 in Jammu-even as six new deaths were reported in Kashmir and one in the Jammu division in the last 24 hours.

The case tally has risen to 419731 while the death toll jumped to 4,642-2,377 in Kashmir and 2,265 in Jammu, officials said.

A total of 368432 patients have recovered from the disease so far including the 6264 in the last 24 hours.

Active cases stand at 46,657-11,591 in Jammu and 35,066 in Kashmir.

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