COVID-19: MP Mir asks admin to revisit Amarnath pilgrimage decision

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Member Rajya Sabha Fayaz Mir on Sunday expressed grave concern over the spike in COVID-19 cases and subsequent deaths and appealed the LG-led administration to revisit the decision of carrying out Amarnath yatra in current situation.

Talking to a local news agency, Kashmir News Service (KNS), Mr. Mir stated that since the government lifted restrictions on COVID-19 lockdown, there has been a huge spike in caseloads which should be a grave concern for us. He said it was satisfactory during previous lockdowns the way the government dealt with the situation but afterwards the situation slipped out of hands and the virus transmitted at an alarming rate.

He said, “It is good if the government is revisiting its earlier decisions and reimposing restriction for the wellbeing of people and imposing lockdown but when all activities have been put into suspension, it seems illogical on part of government that why the lives of pilgrims of annual Amarnath yatra have been put at risk?”

MP Fayaz Mir said that those who have to travel from other parts of the country with an aim to pay obeisance to the cave, their safety should be a matter of concern for the government.

He questioned if religious affairs of other communities have been suspended, why authorities allowed Amarnath pilgrimage in wake of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. (KNS)

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