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Amarnath yatra 2023: Amit Shah reviews preparations

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A panoramic view shows pilgrims near Amarnath cave. [File Photo]

Srinagar: Home Minister of India Amit Shah on Friday presided over a high-level meeting to assess the preparedness and  arrangements for the upcoming Amarnath yatra in Kashmir, officials said on Friday.

Reports quoting officials said that the meeting held at the Ministry of Home Affairs, (MHA) office was attended by prominent officials and dignitaries involved in ensuring the smooth conduct of the pilgrimage.
The meeting, they said was attended by Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Intelligence Bureau Chief Tapan Deka, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GoC-in-C) of the Northern Command Upendra Dwivedi, and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General SL Thaosen, among several other senior officers.
The Amarnath yatra, one of the most significant Hindu pilgrimages, is set to commence in the next month. Thousands of devotees are expected to undertake the trek to the cave.
During the meeting, Shah emphasised the paramount importance of ensuring the safety and security of the pilgrims.
He reviewed the existing arrangements and instructed the officials to make all necessary arrangements for a hassle-free pilgrimage.
LG Sinha briefed the attendees on the overall situation in Jammu and Kashmir, highlighting the measures taken to ensure peace and stability in the region.
He expressed his confidence in the successful conduct of the Amarnath Yatra and assured the administration’s full cooperation in implementing the required protocols.
Amit Shah expressed his satisfaction with the progress made so far and urged all officials to remain vigilant and proactive in their duties.
He emphasised that the safety and security of the pilgrims were of utmost importance and instructed the concerned agencies to work in coordination and synergy to achieve the desired objectives.
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