The Board, which met here under the chairmanship of Governor, N N Vohra who is also the Chairman SASB, desired that a very strong advisory should be issued to the Yatris to undergo a proper medical check-up to assess their fitness for undertaking the Yatra.
SASB Chief Executive Officer, R K Goyal told the meeting that 68 people died last year due to various medical reasons, particularly cardiac failure, while undertaking the Yatra.
As compared to the last year’s death toll of 68, 45 persons lost their lives in the 2009 yatra, he said. The Board asked the CEO to generate awareness among the people about the difficult nature of the yatra through print and electronic media.
Goyal said each registered Yatri, labourer, Ponywallah and Dandiwallah was being extended a group accident insurance cover of Rs one lakh and necessary arrangements had been made with New India Assurance Company.
The Board was also informed that on the directions of the Governor, the amount of insurance cover for the ponies had been enhanced from Rs 20,000 in 2010 to Rs 25,000 this year, for the benefit of ponywallahs who lost their animals in accidents during the yatra.
The meeting was attended by the Board Members, Sri Sri Ravi Shanker, Dr Kapila Vatsyayan, Justice (Rtd.) GD Sharma, Dr (Ms) Sunita Narayan, Vijay Dhar and Dr (Prof.) Ved Kumari Ghai.
The Board expressed satisfaction about the arrangements made for the conduct of Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2010 and particularly appreciated the measures taken for environmental protection, including the operation of two Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), based on the eco-friendly biological treatment, at the Baltal and Nunwan Base Camps.
Amarnath Yartra Introduction:
There is famous Rigvedic Verse that says "Ekam Sat" that is "There is one Being ,the sages call Him by many names." The God (Parmeshwar) has three deities who carry on the world .This is Known as Holy Trinity. Brahma- the creator, Vishnu - the perpetuator of life and Shiva (Mahesh) -the purifier and perpetuator of good and destroyer of evil. Rig Veda refer Shiva as Rudra as in its following verse. "We Worship Tryambaka (Rudra), Who spread Fragrance and Increases Nourishment, May He release me ,like the cucumber from its stem , From Mortal Life , But not From Immorality . "(Rig Veda Mandal VII Sukta 59 and Mantra 12).
The Yajurveda describes Shiva as ascetic warrior Whose robe is of Deer Skin and He carries Trishul. According to the verse Satyam, Shivam ,Sundaram ,the life is described as having three facets Truth (Satyam), Good (Shivam) and the Beautiful (Sundaram).
Shiva is a living God. The most Sacred and ancient books of India, the Rig Veda narrates His presence in the hymns. Vedic myths, rituals and even astronomy testifies to His existence from the dawn of time .The Mohindaro and Harapa findings confirm Shiva worship in the ancient India. According to the older scriptures, He has three places of His residence. One is Kailash Parvat another is Lohit Giri under which Brahamputra flows and third is Muzwan Parvat .