Crescent Kashmir

Government cancels Darbar Move accommodation for its employees

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By: Muzamil Bhat CK


In a significant development Jammu and Kashmir government has signaled that the age old Darbar Move is going to stop now. They recently digitized all the files so that they are not moved in trucks from Srinagar to Jammu and back.

According to the officials on Wednesday the government cancelled residential accommodations of ‘darbar move’ employees in Jammu and Srinagar; days after Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha announced an end to the age-old practice.

According to the PTI news agency report, saying about the latest government move on Darbar Move, it said in its report that officials have been asked to vacate their quarters in the twin capital cities within three weeks.

The L-G had on June 20 announced that the Jammu and Kashmir administration has completely transitioned to e-office, thereby ending the practice of the biannual ‘darbar move’.

Now both the Jammu and Srinagar secretariats can function normally for 12 months. This will save the government Rs 200 crore per year, which will be used for the welfare of the deprived sections, he had said.

Now an order issued by Commissioner Secretary, Estates Department, M Raju said sanction had been accorded to the cancellation of allotment of residential accommodation of officers and officials in Srinagar and Jammu.

Employees from Jammu had been allotted residential accommodation in Srinagar and those from Srinagar in Jammu.

The order said the officers and officials would vacate their government-allotted residential accommodation in the twin capital cities within 21 days.

As part of the ‘darbar move’, the Raj Bhavan, the civil secretariat seat of the Jammu and Kashmir government along with many other offices used to shift between Jammu and Srinagar twice a year.

The practice, under which the administration used to function in Jammu during the six months of winter and in Srinagar during the summer, was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872.

With inputs from PTI

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