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A Practice Started by Maharaja Gulab Singh 145 Yrs Ago, Civil Secretariat Closes in Srinagar as Part of ‘Darbar Move’

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There have been calls for from numerous quarters to abolish the follow and arrange everlasting civil secretariats in Jammu and Srinagar cities so that folks can get redressal to their issues around the yr whereas saving a considerable quantity of the general public exchequer.

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  • Last Updated: October 30, 2020, 22:53 IST
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The civil secretariat, which is the seat of Jammu and Kashmir authorities, closed right here on Friday as a part of the biannual ‘Darbar transfer’, a follow began by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872, officers mentioned. Civil Secretariat and different Darbar transfer places of work, which observe a five-day week, closed right here on Friday, whereas the places of work observing a six-day week will shut on Saturday, they mentioned.

All the places of work will reopen at Jammu on November 9. The civil secretariat and different Darbar transfer places of work operate in Srinagar for six months of summer season and in Jammu for the remaining six months of the yr. The follow was began by the maharaja 145 years in the past to flee the acute warmth of Jammu throughout summers and biting chilly of winters in Srinagar. However, the follow was continued by elected governments post-Independence with the intention to present entry to folks of each areas — by turns — to the seat of energy within the state.

The authorities spends crores of rupees yearly to shift voluminous data between the 2 capital cities twice a yr, apart from paying related quantities as allowance for the a number of thousand workers who shift base with the federal government. There have been calls for from numerous quarters to abolish the follow and arrange everlasting civil secretariats in Jammu and Srinagar cities so that folks can get redressal to their issues around the yr whereas saving a considerable quantity of the general public exchequer.

The Covid-19 pandemic delayed the Darbar transfer from Jammu to Srinagar this summer season. The authorities allowed Jammu-based workers to remain again within the winter capital whereas valley-based workers had been directed to report back to work in May this yr. However, all workers had been directed to report back to work in July, two months after the scheduled opening of darbar in Srinagar.

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