• India
  • May 14

MHA reviews security preparedness for Amarnath yatra

• At least 12,000 paramilitary troops and hundreds of Jammu & Kashmir Police personnel, with the help of drone cameras, will guard the Amarnath yatra which is scheduled to begin on June 30 after a gap of two years.

• Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags will also be given to the pilgrims.

• Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla reviewed the security preparedness for the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine located in south Kashmir at an altitude of 3,888 meters.

• The Amarnath yatra could not be carried out in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, while it was cut short in 2019 just before the abrogation of Article 370.

• In 2018, nearly 3.43 lakh pilgrims participated in the yatra. 

• About 12,000 paramilitary personnel (120 companies) in addition to Jammu & Kashmir Police are expected to be deployed along the two pilgrimage routes via Pahalgam and Baltal.

• Drone cameras will hover over the pilgrim routes to help the security forces ensure the protection of pilgrims.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

• Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) refers to a wireless system comprising tags and readers. 

• The reader is a device that has one or more antennas that emit radio waves and receive signals back from the RFID tag. 

• Tags, which use radio waves to communicate their identity and other information to nearby readers.

• RFID tags can store a range of information from one serial number to several pages of data. Readers can be mobile so that they can be carried by hand, or they can be mounted on a post or overhead. Reader systems can also be built into the architecture of a cabinet, room, or building.

• The RFID was first explored in the 1940s as a method to identify allied airplanes. Today, the RFID system has been successfully applied to the areas of manufacturing, supply chain, agriculture, transportation, health care, and services to name a few.

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