Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has started giving permissions for setting up community kitchen (langar_ at Baltal from June 28 to August 22.
J&K Administration wasn’t able to conduct Yatra for two years fully due to abrogation of Article 370 in 2019 and the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and this year also, if allowed, Yatra will be conducted in a restricted manner keeping in view restrictions for Covid-19. The permission for langar has been granted for 56 days.
An SASB letter, signed by Additional Chief Executive Officer (ACEO) Anup Kumar Soni, has granted permission to Barfani Sewa Mandal near Hind Cinema, Kaithal in Haryana for setting up of a Langar at Baltal from 28.06.2021 to 22.08.2021.
The J&K Administration which is led by Manoj Sinha, who is also Chairman of the board still has to take a final call on the nature of Yatra.
SASB has given directions to langar organizations to follow Covid-19 protocols set up by the Jammu and Kashmir Government. Good hygienic conditions in the kitchen should be ensured and all the necessary precautions must be followed. All the Langar Organizations are commanded not to follow the buffet system and supply food to the Yatris by the medium of packed food.
The SASB communication has also been sent to the Divisional Commissioners Kashmir/Jammu, Additional Director General of Police Jammu, Inspector General of Police Kashmir and General Manager (Works). Directions have been given to IGP Kashmir to depute Road Opening Parties for smooth flow of Langar vehicles along with security.