Srinagar: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday visited the Holy Cave Shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas and performed ‘Pratham Pooja’ there on the formal commencement of the 59-day pilgrimage.
Singh was accompanied by Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N Vohra.
The Home Minister, who is on a two-day visit to the State, flew to the Cave Shrine early in the morning and performed the special prayers, officials said.
Singh also interacted with the pilgrims at the Cave Shrine and took stock of the arrangements for the Yatris, they said.
The Home Minister arrived here yesterday and took a review of the security situation in the State.
While the security situation in general was reviewed in the meeting with senior security officials and civil administration in the State, focus was on the smooth conduct of the Yatra.
The Home Minister also paid obeisance at the Holy Hazratbal Shrine along the banks of Dal Lake here.
Later the Home Minister called on Governor N.N Vohra and discussed a wide range of issues pertaining to the State.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma also met Vohra.
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture and MoS Civil Aviation Sharma and the Governor discussed wide ranging issues relating to promotion of tourism, exploitation of new tourist destinations and development of reliable air services in the State, particularly to connect the remote areas with Jammu, Srinagar, Leh and Kargil, the spokesman said.
The Governor also pointed to the need for planned action being taken for the promotion of art and cultural activities in the State, the spokesman said.
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