NEW DELHI, INDIA, October 3, 2012 (Hindustan Times): The Supreme Court on Monday gave the Jammu and Kashmir government two weeks' time to decide what measures it will adopt to make the annual Amarnath Yatra safe.
A bench of justice BS Chauhan and justice Swatanter Kumar asked the state government to take a decision on the various recommendations made by a high-powered committee appointed by the apex court. A further hearing will be held on October 12.
On July 20, after noting many media reports on pilgrims' deaths allegedly due to lack of proper facilities and medical care for them, the SC had set up a committee to recommend measures to prevent the growing number of casualties among Amarnath pilgrims, saying this had become a permanent problem and a regular affair. The committee was instructed to visit the shrine and give its report to J&K governor, who is also the chairman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, responsible for holding the Amarnath pilgrimage.
The committee comprises secretaries of various departments, including those from the environment, home, health and child welfare ministries, besides the Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary.