Amarnath Shrine Board makes RFID tags mandatory for pilgrims

The Amarnath Shrine Council has made Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, which help locate a person, compulsory for all devotees making the Amarnath pilgrimage this year.

RFID tags would help authorities track a pilgrim and know their whereabouts in case they get lost during the journey.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the shrine board, Nitishwar Kumar, said the safety of pilgrims is their top priority.

“RFID tags would help track a pilgrim and let them know where the person is. RFID has many advantages and among them, the most important one is that it would know if there are any unauthorized people,” Kumar said.

Authorities also said pilgrims can get RFID from the airport and train station. Even local vendors would receive these RFID tags.

Authorities have also called on anyone taking the yatra this year to comply with the new rule for securing RFID tags. Authorities say it is for the safety of pilgrims.

The Amarnath yatra will start on June 30 and will continue until August 11. The government expects at least 600,000 pilgrims to take part in this year’s pilgrimage.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Police Chief Dilbag Singh reviewed the security arrangements for the Amarnath Hajj on Friday and asked the various agencies to maintain close coordination within their ranks and between them to lead the pilgrimage peacefully.

The Director General of Police held a high-level meeting of officers from the police, army and central armed paramilitary forces (CAPF) at the police headquarters.

Every year, hundreds and thousands of devotees undertake this pilgrimage to offer their prayers at the Amarnath Cave Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir.

The shrine is considered one of the holiest temples in India. The main cave is located at a height of 12,756 feet from sea level and remains covered in snow for most of the year, except for a short period in summer.


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