The Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh on Sunday said that the threat to the annual Amarnath Yatra from the militant outfits was always there, but the security agencies were fully geared up to defeat their nefarious designs.

"The threat is always there, but the government is always ready to face any challenge from the militants as our security agencies ensure that the nefarious designs of the terrorists are foiled," Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a religious function here on Sunday.

He said that the security agencies were taking steps and several militants were being killed and those surviving were running for their life.

He said that infiltration attempts were being made by the militants, but they were being eliminated by the alert security forces.

He said that the government has left no stone unturned to ensure the smooth completion of the Amarnath Yatra.

"No stone has been left unturned and we also pray to God for successful and smooth completion of the Yatra," he said.

The state government with the help of several social organisations has made all sort of arrangements for the welfare of the pilgrims, he added.