Governor Visits Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine

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Announces additional salary for Safaikaramcharis as special reward                        Shrine

Jammu: Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chairman, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, on Friday visited the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji and paid obeisance at the Sanctum Sanctorum. He prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of the State.

The Governor took stock of infrastructural facilities and other logistics put in place by the Shrine Board for the pilgrims and emphasised the need for providing best possible arrangements for the yatris.

He also reviewed medicare facilites, water, power supply, sanitation and cleanliness, safety and security arrangements for the pilgrims.

While taking a review of the implementation of the Master Plan for Bhawan and the Extended Shrine Area, prepared by the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, and which is to be executed in phases, the Governor directed Simrandeep Singh, Chief Executive Officer of the Board, to ensure timely implementation of the various components of the Master Plan for establishing infrastructural facilities for the visiting pilgrims in a planned and holistic manner.

He also emphasised on expeditious planning and construction of Durga Bhawan for providing on-floor free of cost accommodation facilities for pilgrims by maximising the utilisation of space.

The Governor was also briefed by the CEO on the operationalisation of the Bhawan-Bhairon Passenger Ropeway project which is currently undergoing trials and testing. The Governor stressed for its early completion for the convenience of the yatris.

The Governor complimented the entire team of safaikaramcharis and their supervisors for providing cleanliness and hygienic facilities to the pilgrims and for winning the cleanest religious place award at the national level recently.

As an encouragement to the dedicated team of safaikaramcharis (SKCs), the Governor announced an additional two and half day salary for all the SKCs as a special one-time incentive.

He hoped that this will motivate them to give their best services to the yatris. B. B. Vyas, Member of the Shrine Board was present on the occasion.

 Besides, Amit Vermani, Dy. CEO; Naresh Kumar, SDM Bhawan; Naresh Singh, Additional SP Katra; Manu Hansa, Assistant CEO; and other concerned officers and engineers of the Shrine Board were also present.(KNO)

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