Computerised draw of lots for selecting pilgrims for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra was held here on Wednesday, in which, for the first time, preference for fresh applicants or route choice of senior citizens was incorporated into the software, Ministry of External Affairs officials said. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, who presided over the draw of lots held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, urged pilgrims to help “protect and preserve” the fragile environment of the Himalayas. 624 senior citizensFor this year’s Yatra, the Ministry received 2,996 applications, out of which 2,256 are male. As many as 624 senior citizens had applied. Mr. Gokhale urged the yatris to strictly observe safety norms, for themselves and also for their fellow pilgrims.
Source: The Hindu May 15, 2019 19:56 UTC