Shri Amarnath Yatra Permit Registration Forms
Jammu (J&K), January 22, 2014 - Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) approved the new design and layout of Shri Amarnathji Yatra Permit Registration Forms which now have a number of high security features to ensure against these Forms being duplicated by unlawful elements.
The Chief Executive Officer, SASB informed that during last year Yatra, and even in earlier years, a number of complaints had been received which indicated that certain unscrupulous elements had been duplicating the Yatra Permit Forms which, till last year Yatra, were being printed by the Banks which had been designated by the Board to undertake the Registration of Yatries. With this background, the Chairman SASB had directed that the existing format of the Form be made pilfer proof.
CEO had got in touch with Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd. (SPMCIL), which is a Central Public Sector Undertaking under the Union Ministry of Finance, and is responsible for the printing of currency notes, minting of coins, printing Passport and stamp papers. SPMCIL has rich experience of printing papers and documents which have high security features. At the CEO’s request, SPMCIL had proposed certain security features in the Form, some of which were further modified on the instructions of the Chairman SASB. The Board, at its meeting approved the final design of the Yatra Permit Form.
The revised Form contains several high security features, for example a Ashoka Pillars ‘Water Mark’ which is printed on the Form, in the same manner as in Currency Notes; “Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board” is printed in the background relief tint along with the Shrine Board’s Logo; a ‘micro-text’ line, which can only be seen under a powerful magnifying glass, and the Logo of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board printed with fluorescent blue ink, which also can be visible only under Ultra Violet Light. The printing has been done with chemically sensitive security ink. With such high security features and printing method, it will be next to impossible to duplicate the Yatra Permit Form. It was informed that an expenditure of approximately Rs.75.00 lakhs is being incurred on the printing and transportation of the new Yatra Permit Forms.
The CEO further informed that unlike last year, the Yatra Permits for 2014 Yatra will be in different colors for each day and each route. This will help the Enforcement Agencies at the Access Control Gates to quickly identify the pilgrims who are not registered for a particular day.
The Governor has directed the CEO to ensure timely distribution of the Yatra Permit Forms to the designated 422 Bank Branches which will undertake registration of pilgrims for Yatra 2014.