Union Home Minister Amit Shah conducted a review meeting of the security arrangements for Shri Amarnathji Yatra, in Srinagar . J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and senior officers of MHA, State Government and security Agencies were present. After detailed deliberations, the Union Home Minister laid emphasis on various points critical for the security of the Yatra:
He directed all security agencies to be fully alert and take all preventive steps to ensure violence free Yatra. There should be no laxity. Strict enforcement of the SOPs should be ensured. Senior officers should personally supervise the arrangements, he said.
Home Minister also said that forces should ensure best possible optimum use of latest technologies and the gadgets not only for the security of the Yatra but also to facilitate the movement of the devotees and the tourists. He specifically drew attention of the Forces towards anti-sabotage as well as anti-subversion drills and the access control procedures.
Home Minister underlined the importance of the Standard Operating Procedure for convoy movement and specifically harped on timely dispatch of convoys should be ensured. After the cut-off timings barricades should be erected at suitable locations and no differentiation should be made between Yatris and Tourists, he added.
Amit Shah also said that barricades be used at all lateral entry points during convoy movement. All lateral points should be manned 24×7. Besides attending to medical emergency, preparedness must also be ensured to deal with any type of calamity or contingency. Specialized units and trained personnel should be in place with due focus on the prescribed drills for the purpose.
Amit Shah also took a detailed review of various development schemes and projects in the State. The development review meeting focused on accelerating development, building infrastructure, good governance, inclusive growth for all communities, employment generating scheme for the youth to name a few.