Minutes after releasing a press release about the cancellation of Amarnath Yatra, the Jammu and Kashmir government has withdrawn the same. Earlier, the state Directorate of Information said the pilgrimage has been scrapped owing to coronavirus outbreak, however, shortly after has withdrawn the press note.
However, a news press note was released by the J&K administration.
What the new press note says
Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu, Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), presided over the 38th Board Meeting held here today at the Raj Bhavan.
The Board expressed its apprehension and held that as on date, it may not be possible to organise the Yatra 2020. Due to the current COVID-2019 pandemic situation being dynamic, the appropriate decision can be taken on organizing the Yatra on reviewing the situation in the coming future.
The meeting was attended by Shri D.C. Raina; Prof. Anita Billawaria; Dr. Sudershan Kumar; Dr. C.M. Seth and Prof. Vishwamurti Shastri. Shri Bipul Pathak, Chief Executive Officer; Sh. Anup Kumar Soni, Additional Chief Executive Officer; and other senior officers of the Shrine Board also attended the meeting. Swami Avdheshanand Giri Ji Maharaja and Dr Devi Prasad Shetty attended the meeting through video conferencing.