Expert Committee prescribes Food Menu for Yatris

Jammu, February 11 (Scoop News) –Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has prescribed the Food Menu to be served by the Langar Organizations to the Yatris during this year’s Shri Amarnathji Yatra which is scheduled to commence on 28thJune, 2013 and conclude on 21st August, 2013. This was disclosed by  Navin K. Choudhary, CEO, SASB. He informed that all fried and high caloric fatty items like poori, bhatoora, pizza, burger, stuffed prantha, dosa and fried roti, bread butter, cream/butter based food, and all other fried/fast food, cold drinks, high caloric sweet dishes and intoxicants have been banned.

           Choudhary informed that high protein food like cereals, pulses, potato, saag, nutrela (soya chunks), basin curry, roti, tandoori roti, bread, rusks, tea, coffee, fruit  juice, vegetable soup, kheer, dry fruit etc which provide stamina and keep body light, have been permitted to be served to the Yatris. N. N. Vohra, Governor, who is Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, has asked CEO, SASB to ensure effective implementation of the expert advice received and revise the Terms and Conditions of the Langer permissions to bind the Langars to serve food to the Yatris strictly in accordance with the Food Menu.

 Choudhary further informed that the Special High Powered Committee constituted by the Supreme Court had earlier observed that a large number of food items included in the Menu of Langar Organizations were not suitable for pilgrims who are required to trek in high altitude areas and recommended that an Expert Committee should prepare an appropriate Food Menu to be adhered to by the Langar Organizations.

The Food Menu has been formulated by the committee comprising  Navin K. Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, Col. Rajul Gupta (High Altitude Medicine Specialist) from Union Health Ministry, Dr. Jahangir Bakshi and Dr. Sham Gopal from the J&K State Health Department in its meeting held on 7th January, 2013 at Jammu.

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