The shrine had converted Aashirwad Bhawan in Katra into a quarantine centre within the month of March amid the coronavirus pandemic.Epitomising communal harmony, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine has been providing sehri and iftari to around 500 Muslims quarantined at Aashirwad Bhawan in Katra during the holy month of Ramadan.
Chief military officer of the board Ramesh Kumar said, “In the month of Ramazan, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has been working overnight to supply sehri and iftari to our Muslim brethren within the morning and therefore the evening.”
The migrant labourers have come to Jammu and Kashmir from different parts of the country in special Shramik trains and buses to Udhampur town, which is centrally located. Katra is around 40km faraway from Udhampur.
The shrine board has spent around Rs 80 lakh on providing food to the needy since March 20 in various quarantine centres at Katra . they need spent around Rs 1.5 crore in aiding the Covid-19 response.
All facilities of the shrine board in Katra are well maintained and pilgrims from across the country prefer them over hotels for his or her cleanliness, hygienic food, comfortable bedding and hospitable staff, a pilgrim observed.