Shri Amarnathji Yatra from 2nd July to 18th August, 2016



Shri Amarnathji Yatra from 2nd July to 18th August, 2016

The process of registration of pilgrims for  Shri Amarnathji   Yatra 2016 has started. Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board chaired by the Governor, Jammu and Kashmir has issued following procedure for registration of yatris through bank:-


1.    The registration and issue of Yatra Permit (YPs) will be done on first-come-first-serve basis.

2.      The Registration of Yatris has commenced from all the Bank Branches from Monday the 29th  February, 2016 onwards.

3.      One Yatra Permit shall be valid for registering only one Yatri.

4.      Each Registration Branch has been allotted a fixed per day/ per route quota for registering the Yatris. The Registration Branch shall ensure that the number of Yatris registered does not exceed the allotted per day/ per route quota.

5.      No one below the age of 13 years or above the age of 75 years and no lady with more than six week’s pregnancy shall be registered for the Yatra.

6.      Every Yatri will have to submit Application Form and Compulsory Health Certificate (CHC) to obtain Yatra Permit for the Yatra. The Formats of the Application Form and CHC, and the list of Doctors/ Medical Institutions authorized to issue CHC are available at SASB’s website- www.shriamarnathjishrine.com.

7.      The Application Form and CHC shall be made available free of cost to the applicant-Yatri by the Registration Branch.

8.      To apply for the Yatra Permit, the applicant-Yatri will submit  the following documents to the Registration Officer:
a)   filled-in prescribed Application Form; and
b)   prescribed Compulsory Health Certificate (CHC) issued on or after 10th  Feb 2016 by  the Authorized Doctor/ Medical Institution.
c)    four passport sized photographs ( three for Yatra Permits and one for the Application form).
9.      The Registration Officer shall check the following:

a)      whether the Application Form has been correctly filled-in and signed by the applicant Yatri.
b)      whether the CHC has been issued by the Authorized Doctor/ Medical Institution;
c)      whether the CHC has been issued on or after February 10,  2016.

10.     The specific day on which a pilgrim is registered to undertake the Yatra (i.e., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) has been printed on the Yatra Permit. The day printed on the Yatra Permit is the day on which the Yatri will be allowed to cross the Access Control Gates at Baltal and Chandanwari (Pahalgam).

11.     The Bank Branch shall ensure that the date for which the  Yatra  Permit is issued for crossing the Access Control Gates matches with the day (i.e., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) printed on the Yatra Permit before issuing the Permit to the Yatri.

12.  In the Yatra Permit Forms, the Yatra year and date of Yatra has not been printed. Therefore, it is mandatory for the issuing Bank Branch to stamp / write the Yatra year and date of Yatra and paste the date and year so written/ stamped with a transparent tape (pasting of transparent tape is important in order to make the date and year of Yatra tamper-proof). However, the stamping of the date, year and Bank branch shall be done only at the time of issuance of the Yatra Permit. In no case, should any Yatra Permit be stamped in advance. This aspect be ensured positively.

13. If the Application Form and CHC are in order, the Registration Officer shall issue a YP to the applicant against a payment of Rs.50/ per Yatra Permit (of the aforesaid amount Rs.35/- will be remitted in SASB’s account and the remaining amount shall be retained by the Bank) after following the steps mentioned in paras 15-17.

14. The Registration Officer shall affix passport size photographs and fill in the Yatra Permit Form on the spot as per the details mentioned in the Application Form and the CHC.  The date of the Yatra be also filled in correctly.

15. The Registration Officer shall sign the Yatra Permit  and apply the Bank Branch Seal on the Yatra Permit in such a way that the Seal is partly imprinted on the photograph of the applicant-Yatri and partly on the YP.  However, the stamping of the date, year and Bank Branch shall be done only at the time of issuance of Yatra Permit, in no case, should any Yatra Permit be stamped in advance.  This aspect be ensured positively.

16. Before issuing the Yatra Permit to the applicant-Yatri; the Registration Officer shall record the following particulars:
a.       Date of issue of Yatra Permit
b.      The Serial Number of Yatra Permit.
c.       Name, address and telephone/mobile number of the applicant Yatri.
d.      Name of next –of-kin of applicant-Yatri, to be contacted in case of any emergency.
e.       Route of Pilgrimage.
f.       Date of embarking on the Yatra from Baltal/Pahalgam.

17. The Registration Official shall issue YPs bearing BALTAL for Baltal route and PHALGAM for the Phalgam Route.

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Decriminalizing suicide

The Law Commission of India, in its 210th Report: “Humanization and Decriminalization of Attempt to Suicide” had recommended that Section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of IPC needs to be effaced from the statute book. A draft formulation is presently under examination in the Ministry. ‘Public Health’ and ‘Public Order’ are State subjects. However, the Government of India attaches high importance in the matter and has approved implementation of the District Mental Health Programme in some of the districts of the country with added components of suicide prevention services, work place stress management, life skills training and counseling in schools and colleges. Further, ‘Public Order’ and ‘ Police’ being State subjects as per provisions of the Constitution of India, the responsibilities of maintaining law and order, registration and prosecution of crimes rests primarily with the respective State Governments/ Union Territory Administrations.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in written reply to a question by Dr. K. Keshava Rao in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Personnel needed to keep the international borders adequately safe 

            The International borders of India are not uniform in character.  They have different physical features, terrain and climate conditions along with different threat perceptions. Therefore, the ideal number of personnel required to guard the borders varies from border to border and sector to sector.

The number of companies of the different Border Guarding Forces deployed for border guarding duties on different sectors of India’s International Borders is given below:

Sl.
No.
Border
Border Guarding Force


Border
Security
Force (BSF)
Indo-Tibetan Border
Police (ITBP)
Sashastra
 Seema  
Bal (SSB)
Assam
Rifles
(AR)
Total
1.
Indo-Pakistan
Border
411
--
--
--
411
2.
Indo-
Bangladesh
Border
480
--
--
--
480
3.
Indo-China
Border

136
--
--
136
4.
Indo-Nepal
 Border
-
--
162
--
162
5.
Indo-Bhutan
 Border
--
--
97
--
97
6.
Indo-Myanmar
Border
-
-
-
60
60

Total
891
136
259
60
1346
    
The deployment of Border Guarding Forces in the international borders is reviewed and suitably calibrated by the Ministry of Home Affairs in consultation with Border Guarding Forces from time to time.  Recently, BSF has deployed 18 additional companies on international border in Punjab.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in written reply to a question by Shri Derek O. Brien in the Rajya Sabha today.



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