Approves free accidental insurance cover of Rs. 5 lakh for pilgrims

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SRINAGAR: In the 63rd meeting of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) held at the Raj Bhavan here on Saturday, the Board approved enhancement of group accidental insurance cover for the pilgrims
.The accidental cover extended to each pilgrim free of cost shall now be Rs. 5 lakh instead of existing Rs. 3 lakh for the pilgrims aged 5 years and above and Rs. 3 lakh for the pilgrims below 5 years of age up from Rs. 1 lakh at present. The Board also approved additional life insurance cover of Rs. 5 lakh to the pilgrims who will avail the service of the upcoming Passenger Ropeway between Bhawan and Bhairon Ghati. This cover shall be in addition to the accidental cover available to each yatri once he / she collects the yatra slip and commences the journey. It is pertinent to mention that premium on providing insurance cover to the pilgrims is borne by the Board and the insurance cover has been upgraded after a gap of 8 years.