Sat. Oct 1st, 2022

The Jammu and Kashmir administration said on Monday that pilgrims planning to participate in the Amarnath Yatra would be required to provide their Aadhar card or voluntarily submit to Aadhar authentication. “In accordance with Rule 5 of the Aadhar Authentication for Good Governance (Social Welfare, Innovation, Knowledge) Rules 2020, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir hereby notifies that pilgrims desirous of undertaking pilgrimage to the Shri Amarnathji shrine shall furnish proof of Aadhar possession or undergo Aadhar authentication on a voluntary basis from the date of publication of this notification in the official gazette.”

The yatra, which has been available to the public for the past two years, will begin on June 30 and end on August 11.

As a precautionary measure, the yatra was cut short in 2019 when the Centre placed heavy restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir following the repeal of Article 370.

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, only ceremonial components of the yatra were performed in 2020 and 2021.

This year’s pilgrimage is projected to draw over a million people.

By adele rose

Adele Rose is the senior editor and employee of WGBS Pvt Ltd Digital wing.

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