Do’s and Don’ts for Yatris for Shri Amarnath Yatra, 2015



Do’s and Don’ts for Yatris for Shri Amarnath Yatra, 2015

As per the guidelines of the Amarnath Shrine Board, the following is the list of Do’s and Don’t’s  for Shri AmarnathYatra, 2015 :


Do’s for the Yatris

1.    Yatris must carry sufficient woollen clothing as the temperature can sometimes abruptly fall to below 5 degree Celsius
2.    It is important to carry umbrella, wind cheater, raincoat, and waterproof shoes as the weather during the Yatra area is unpredictable
3.    Clothes and eatables should be kept in a suitable water proof bag to avoid belongings from getting wet
4.    For emergency purposes, do keep in your pocket a note containing the name/address, mobile telephone number of any Yatri proceeding from Darshan on the same date as you are doing
5.    It is must to carry your identity card/driving license and Yatra Permit with you.
6.    Do travel in a group along with porters/horses/ponies carrying your luggage
7.    It is important to ensure that all those comprising the group remain in your sight, lest you are separated from your group
8.    On your journey home, you must leave the Base Camps along with all other members of your group
9.    Do seek immediate assistance of the Police in case any member of your group is missing. Also have an announcement made about the same on the Public Address System at the Yatra Camp
10. Help your fellow Yatris travelling with you
11. Do strictly follow the instructions issued by the Yatra Administration from time to time
12. Respect the environment and do nothing whatsoever to pollute the Yatra area



Don’ts for the Yatris

1.    Ladies must not wear saree while trekking during the Yatra.  Salwar kameez, pant-shirt or a track suit will be more comfortable for them
2.    Ladies who are more than 6 weeks pregnant shall not be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage
3.    Children below 13 years in age and elderly persons above the age of 75 years shall not be permitted to undertake the pilgrimage
4.    Don’t stop at places which are marked by warning notices
5.    Don’t use slippers because there are steep rises and falls on the route to the Holy Cave. Only wear trekking shoes with laces
6.    Don’t attempt any short cuts on the route as doing so would be dangerous
7.    Don’t commence journey on an empty stomach to avoid medical problems
8.    Don’t do anything during the entire Yatra which could cause pollution or disturb the environment of the Yatra area
9.    Don’t use polythene as its use is banned in J&K and is punishable under law


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Procedure for Registration of Yatris for Shri AmarnathYatra, 2015

As per the guidelines of the Amarnath Shrine Board, the following is the procedure for registration of Yatris for Shri AmarnathYatra, 2015:

1.    This year’s Shri AmarnathjiYatra will commence on 2nd July, 2015, via both the routes Baltal and Pahalgam, and conclude on 29th august, 2015
2.    Registration is necessary for the Yatris
3.    Nobody shall be allowed to undertake the Yatra without Yatra Permit which is valid for the days and route in question
4.    A Yatri can secure his/her Yatra Permit via selected Bank Branches (87 of J&K Bank, 305 of Punjab National bank and 38 of YES Bank) located in various States/UTs
5.    The addresses of the selected Bank Branches, for providing Registration are available at Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board’s website: www.shriamarnathjishrine.com
6.    The Registration for the Yatra 2015, via selected Bank Branches, will commence from 1st March, 2015
7.    For Registration/ obtaining a Yatra Permit through a designated Bank, an intending Yatri shall have to submit filled in prescribed Application Form and Compulsory Health Certificate issued by the Authorised Doctor/Reputed Private medical Institution
8.    The State-wise lists of Doctors/reputed private Medical Institutions authorized to issue the prescribed Compulsory Health Certificate are available at Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board’s website
9.    The formats of the application Form and Compulsory Health Certificate are also available at Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board’s website
10. For Yatra 2015, Compulsory Health Certificate issued only after 10th February, 2015, would be valid for the registration purposes.
11. An intending Yatri will be required to pay Rs. 50/- as Registration fee, for registration through a designated Bank
12. A Yatri who travels by Helicopter will not be required to separately register for the Yatra
13. A Yatri who travels by Helicopter will, however, be required to submit the prescribed Compulsory Health Certificate at the time of boarding the Helicopter
14. A Yatri should embark on his/her Yatra only on the day and from the route for which he/she is registered
15. Please visit Board’s website to know how an ex-Indian pilgrim can register himself/herself for the Yatra
16. A group of five or more Yatris can also register themselves through the Group Registration Facility
17. The procedure to register through Group Registration Facility is available on shrine board’s website



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South Korea, Australia, Mauritius and Myanmar among countries to hold the next round of Festivals of India abroad

Modern themes like Digital India find favour along with traditional themes, art and culture

The Union Ministry of Culture has set the ball rolling for holding the next round of Festivals of India abroad during the period 2015-16. The Secretary, Culture, Shri Ravindra Singh today held a video conference with Ambassadors/High Commissioners of South Korea, Australia, Mauritius and Myanmar in this regard. Similar festivals have already been organized successfully in various countries like Malaysia, China, Indonesia, South Africa and Japan among others.

Discussing the details with the Ambassadors and High Commissioners, the Secretary pointed out that these festivals can be used to showcase Indian art, culture, life and achievements. The Ambassadors and High Commissioners favoured the idea of projecting the face of modern India by showcasing the rise of Digital India and other modern technological developments in the field of space. They were also of the opinion of showcasing the journey of Indian civilization from 5000 years ago to the modern India.

Shri Ravindra Singh shared the experience of the festivals held in other countries recently like South Africa and China and various themes of these festivals like Buddhism, Yoga, exhibitions on cricket etc. He also asked these countries to collaborate among themselves and schedule the activities in such a way that the artistic performances and exhibitions being run in a particular country can be presented in the neighboring countries too.

The events and theme of a Festival is decided by each country. Ambassador to South Korea was in favour of Festival theme based on Buddhism since it has a large Budhist population. Ambassador to Myanmar emphasised that the Yoga and Ayurveda can be of special interest in Myanmar. Representative of Indian High Commission in Australia favoured the theme based on Tribal Art. The ambassadors were of the opinion that the states should also be involved actively in these festivals.

The Secretary emphasized that social media should be utilized to the maximum extent possible.

Senior officials of the Ministry of Culture and representatives from National Museum, National Council of Science Museums, NGMA and other organizations involvedin these festivals were also present during the Video Conference.


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Setting up of Veterans Commission

In pursuance of Hon’ble President’s statement made in the joint session of parliament on 9th June, 2014 regarding Government’s decision to appoint a Veteran Commission, the National Commission for Ex-Servicemen Bill, 2015 has been drafted in order to set up the National Commission for Ex-Servicemen. The comments of Department of Legislative Affairs have been obtained on the Bill and the follow-up action is being taken in accordance with the guidelines / procedure laid down for legislative proposals to set up such Bodies. No funds have been allocated for setting up of the Commission during the year 2014-15

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singhin a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandrasekharin Rajya Sabha today.

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Ceasefire Violations

The details of ceasefire violation (CFVs) in Jammu and Kashmir along India-Pakistan Border from June, 2014 to January, 2015 are as under:
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Area of India-Pakistan Border   -  Number of ceasefire Violations
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Along the Line of Control (LC) and International Border (IB) under operational control of Army. - 126
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International Border (IB) under operational control of Border Security Force (BSF).  - 559
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Details of Casualties on the Indian side in CFVs and other tactical incidents along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir are as under:

S. No.
Casualties
2014
2015
(upto 15th February)
(1)
Security Personnel martyred
(a) Army personnel
(b) BSF personnel

04
04

02
01
(2)
Civilians killed
14
02

No authentic information is available regarding casualties on Pakistan’s side.



The allocation of funds for defence is made to enable preparedness of the armed forces to meet the security challenges faced by the country.



This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri K.C. Tyagiin Rajya Sabha today.

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Purchase of Artillery Guns from BAE Systems INC

The case for procurement of artillery guns through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route from US Government has not progressed due to cost issues and the vendor’s (M/s BAE System) proposal not being fully compliant to the offset requirements. All capital procurements are carried out as per the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) which contains stringent provisions aimed at ensuring the highest degree of probity, public accountability and transparency.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Salim Ansariin Rajya Sabha today.

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Spying Activities in Defence Establishments

Shri Iswar Chandra Behera employed on contract by Integrated Test Range (ITR), an establishment of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which is located at Balasore, has been arrested by local police on 22nd January 2015. The matter is under investigation by Odisha Police, Crime Branch, CID.

Necessary directions have been issued by Directorate of Vigilance and Security of DRDO to all labs / establishments for police verification for all contractual employees at regular interval and not to allow them to carry mobile, phones, thumb drives, cameras, etc. in the labs / establishments. Instructions have also been issued to Heads of labs / establishments for not allowing them to handle any sensitive materials / information.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Dilip Kumar Tirkey in Rajya Sabha today.


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Manufacturing of Defence Equipments

The Government has so far issued 251 Letters of Intents (LOIs) / Industrial Licenses (ILs) covering 150 companies till January 2015 for manufacture of a wide range of defence items to public / private companies. 49 license companies covering 72 licenses have so far reported commencement of production.

2. The following major steps have been taken for domestic manufacture of defence equipments:

(i) FDI Policy in Defence sector has been reviewed and as per the new policy, composite foreign investment up to 49% has been allowed through FIPB route and beyond 49% with the approval of Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) wherever it is likely to result in access to modern and ‘State-of-the-art’ technology in the country.

(ii) Defence Products List for the purpose of industrial licensing has been revised and in the revised list most of the components / parts / raw materials have been taken out from the purview of the industrial licensing. Further, the initial validity of industrial licensing has been increased to three years and, thereafter, two time extension of 02 years each may be granted to a company by the Administrative Ministry.

(iii) Government has accorded priority to ‘Buy (Indian)’, ‘Buy & Make (Indian)’ and ‘Make’ categories of acquisition over ‘Buy (Global)’ category to promote domestic manufacturing.

3. So far 33 FDI proposals / Joint Ventures have been approved in Defence sector for manufacture of various defence equipments, both in public and private sector.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shrimati Naznin Faruquein Rajya Sabha today.


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Delay in Induction of Scorpene Submarine

The original schedule of delivery of the first submarine was December, 2012 which has since been revised.

The difficulties faced by M/s. MDL during the course of procurement of materials from foreign vendors had mainly led to the delay.

The builder shipyard has a contract with M/s DCNS, France for construction of Scorpene Submarines. M/s DCNS deputes its personnel / consultant to guide the construction of the submarines as per the collaboration agreement.

The shipyard has undertaken augmentation of the manpower, infrastructure and industrial means in a phased manner to meet the production targets. Production capabilities have also been augmented.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. Chandan Mitra in Rajya Sabha today.

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Implementation of One Rank One Pension Scheme

The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation have been discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Avinash Rai Khannain Rajya Sabha today.

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Inquiry into Accidents Involving Naval Vessels

21 accidents involving Indian Navy ships and submarines have taken place during January 2012 to January 2015.



Lessons learnt from the reports of Board’s of Inquiry (BoI) are implemented appropriately.  Corrective steps have been taken by Naval Headquarters with extensive checks on weapon related safety systems and audit of Standard Operating Procedures on all operational naval units.  Safety procedures and professional checks are re-emphasized.  Incidents Study and Analysis Cells have been instituted at professional schools wherein lessons learnt are incorporated into professional training.  Safety Audits of various units are being regularly conducted.



Government has already approved a long-term submarine building plan.  Further, approval of necessity has been granted for life extension of six submarines.



The status of inquiries into these accidents is annexed.

Sl. No.
Date
Incident
Status of Inquiry
  1.
11.03.2012
Fire on board LCU  L 38
01 officer and 02 sailors were found culpable for incident and disciplinary action has been completed against them.
  2.
08.10.2012
Fire in engine room – INFAC 83
No individual or organization was held blameworthy for the incident.
  3.
19.12.2012
Fire in AFT battery pit onboard INS Shankush
No individual or organization was held responsible for the cause of fire and the incident was treated as an accident.
  4.
14.07.2013
Fire onboard INS Tarasa
03 officers and 04 sailors were found culpable and disciplinary action against them initiated.
  5.
26.07.2013
Damage to Stbd Helo hangar and other fittings of INS Delhi by Yard 12701 (Kolkata)
02 officers were found culpable and disciplinary action against them has been completed.
  6.
14.08.2013
Explosion in INS Sindhurakshak
Board Proceedings under examination at Naval Headquarters (NHQ).
  7.
22.09.2013
Fire onboard INS Viraat
05 officers and 01 sailor were found culpable and disciplinary action against them has been completed.
  8.
04.12.2013
Fire onboard INS Konkan
04 officer and 02 sailors were found culpable and disciplinary action against them initiated.
  9.
19.12.2013
Scraping of INS Tarkash shipside on SBW Knuckle
02 officers were found culpable and disciplinary action against them completed.
10.
23.12.2013
Collision of INS Talwar with unlit fishing boat
04 officers and 02 sailors were found culpable.  Disciplinary action against 03 Officers and 02 sailors completed.  Summary trial of one officer undertaken at Head Quarter Western Naval Command.
11.
08.01.2014
Crack on sonar dome of INS Betwa
03 officers were found culpable and disciplinary action against two of them completed and against one officer initiated.
12.
17.01.2014
Suspended movement of INS Sindhughosh while securing to alongside berth
01 officer was found culpable and disciplinary action initiated.
13.
23.01.2014
Sea water ingress into tiller flat through a crack / hole in Ship side of INS Vipul
O5 officers were found culpable and disciplinary action against them initiated.
14.
30.01.2014
Damage to Port propeller of INS Airavat whilst entering Harbour.
02 officer was found culpable and disciplinary action initiated.
15.
26.02.2014
Incident of fire in third compartment and death of two officers onboard INS Sindhuratna
07 officers were found culpable and disciplinary action against them initiated.
16.
07.03.2014
Accident onboard Yard 12701 (Kolkata) under construction at MDL while carrying out trials of Engine Room fire fighting system
No individual or organization was held responsible for the cause of incident and the incident was treated as an accident.
17.
06.04.2014
Incident of Smouldering and thick smoke in Armoury during Hot Work of INS Matanga
Board Proceedings under examination at Naval Headquarters (NHQ).
18.
28.06.2014
Damage to port propeller of INS Kuthar while coming alongside at Port Blair.
Board Proceedings under examination at Naval Headquarters (NHQ).
19.
02.07.2014
Touching bottom of INS Cheetah while entering Kochi Harbour
Board Proceedings under examination at Naval Headquarters (NHQ).
20.
31.10.2014
Collision of INS Kora with MV Madeleine Rickmers at Sea
Board Proceedings under examination at Naval Headquarters (NHQ).
21.
06.11.2014
Sinking of TRV-72
Board of Inquiry is in progress at Head Quarter Eastern Naval Command.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri H.K. Dua in Rajya Sabha today.


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Disqualification of Candidates with Visual Defects

All candidates whose vision defects have been medically treated using Laser Assisted in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) and / or Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) eye surgery are not disqualified from recruitment into various branches of the Armed Forces including engineering, medical services. However, owing to requirement of physical fitness for military service such candidates are selectively accepted in the Armed Forces, the details of which are as under:-

(A) Candidates beyond the age of 20 years with LASIK and / or PRK surgery can seek commission in the Army on fulfilling the following conditions:-

(i) Uncomplicated stable LASIK / PRK done for Myopia or Hypermetropia with stable refraction for a period of six months after the procedure.

(ii) A healthy retina.

(iii) Corrected vision should be 6/6 in better eye and 6/9 in worse eye, with maximum residual refraction of + 1.50 in any meridian for myopia or hypemetropia.

(B) The LASIK and / or PRK can be permitted in Armed Force Medical College (AFMC), Pune at entry level for candidates above the age of 20 years. Candidates with LASIK / PRK at entry level are not permitted in National Defence Academy (NDA), Navy and Air Force as well as at entry level of Other Rank (OR) and Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs).

In Army, the candidates who have undergone LASIK / PRK will not be considered for aircrew duties.

At present, there is no such proposal as the long term effects of LASIK / PRK surgery can vary.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Avinash Pandein Rajya Sabha today.

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FDI in Defence Sector

The Government vide Press Note 7 of 2014 Series dated 26.08.2014 has notified revised FDI Policy in defence Sector, according to which FDI upto 49% is allowed in the sector through Government route and above 49% through approval of Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on case-to-case basis, wherever it is likely to result in access to modern and state-of-the-art technology in the country. Further, FDI in Defence Sector is subject to obtaining Industrial Licence under the IDR Act, 1951.

The introduction of FDI in the defence sector will not pose any threat as some of the major conditions governing Licensing in Defence Sector are as follows:

(a) The management of the company / partnership firm owning the Industrial Licence should be in Indian hands with majority representation on the Board as well as the Chief Executive of the Company / partnership firm being Resident Indians. This condition is, however, not applicable to cases of foreign investment above 49%.

(b) Adequate safety and security procedures would need to be put in place by the licensee. The Indian Licensed Defence Companies (ILDC) shall comply with the security guidelines applicable to them as per security instructions / architectures prescribed in “Security Manual for Licence Defence Industries” available at www.ddpmod.gov.in based on their categorization. Some of the important guidelines of the Security Manual includes External Security Audit of the ILDCs by Intelligence Agencies once in two years and Cyber Security Audit by CERT-IN empanelled Auditors once every year.

(c) The licensable defence items as mentioned in the license, produced by the private manufacturers will be primarily sold to the Ministry of Defence. These items may also be sold to other Government entities under the control of the Ministry of Home Affairs, State Governments, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and other valid Defence Licensed Companies without prior approval of Department of Defence Production (DDP). However, for sale of the items to any other entity, the licensee shall take prior permission from DDP, Ministry of Defence.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Naresh Agrawal in Rajya Sabha today.

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National Military Memorial

As per the decision of Group of Ministers set up to consider appropriate location of the National War Memorial and National War Museum, a Cabinet Note was to be prepared by Ministry of Urban Development. The Ministry of Urban Development on November 12, 2014, has however, submitted that it would be appropriate if the subject Cabinet Note is mooted by Ministry of Defence. Accordingly the proposal is under active consideration of Ministry of Defence.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandrasekharin Rajya Sabha today.

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Malpractices in Recruitment of Soldiers

From time to time Defence Civilian employees have been raising the demands that they should be granted Field Area allowance and Modified Field Area allowance as applicable to the service Personnel and for providing other allowances like Aeronautical Technical Allowance, Airworthiness Certificate Allowance, Flight Charge Certificate Allowance etc. at par with technical defence personnel. It has not been found feasible to accept these demands as the job requirements and service conditions of Service Personnel and Defence Civilian employees are totally different.

Complaints relating to alleged irregularities / malpractices in recruitment of soldiers have been received from time to time. In cases of complaints of involvement of touts, FIRs, where applicable, have been lodged. During the last three years (2012 to till date), three cases of involvement of Service Personnel were found. Court of Inquiry has been instituted in one case; preliminary investigation has been ordered in another case and in third, the CBI has registered a case.

Proactive measures have been taken on a continuous basis to streamline the recruitment process. These include deployment of vigilance teams, involving police and Government intelligence sources, introducing additional checks and balances in documentation procedure, online verification of documents where feasible, conducting awareness campaigns against falling prey to touts, in-house printing of Question Papers to obviate leakage.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. T.N. Seemain Rajya Sabha today.


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Indo-US Bilateral Agreement on Defence Co-Operation

India and US have finalised the new Framework Agreement on Defence Cooperation which would replace the existing Framework Agreement on Defence Cooperation, which expires in June, 2015.

Defence Production Policy focuses on greater self-reliance in defence production. Government has raised the FDI limit in defence production from 26% to 49% and liberalized the licensing regime. The Defence Procurement Procedure 2013 lays emphasis on providing the desired boost to indigenous Defence Industry by mandating a higher preference to the ‘Buy (Indian)’, Buy & Make (Indian)’ and ‘Make’ categorisation in Capital Procurements.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Prabhat Jhain Rajya Sabha today.

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