Takes aerial survey of Amarnath Yatra route
Srinagar: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reviewed the overall security scenario in J&K at a high-level meeting along with Governor N N Vohra in Srinagar, an official spokesman said here.
Earlier, Sitharaman took an aerial survey of the Amarnath yatra route along the Pahalgam axis and inspected the arrangements at Baltal before she arrived at Srinagar.
She reviewed the security framework for the Amarnath yatra and stressed that all security forces must act with complete synergy to achieve effective security on the ground.
At the meeting, attended by top brass of army and police and civil administration, Sitharaman reiterated the importance of maintaining a secure environment for enabling a smooth yatra and encouraging maximum tourist arrivals in the state. She advised the security forces to constantly review and identify gaps in the security arrangements “and ensure swift and targeted counter terror responses on the ground”.
Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, Advisors to Governor B B Vyas and K Vijay Kumar, Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, DGP S P Vaid, GoCs of Northern Command and 15 Corps Lt Gen Ranbir Singh and Lt Gen A K Bhat, Additional Secretary to Defence Minister Jiwesh Nandan participated in the meeting.
Governor Vohra said that the state police would continue to review the ground arrangements in the coming days to ensure effective security.