Precious Kashmir News
Srinagar, July 6: The Civil Secretariat, the seat of J&K administration, formally reopened in this summer capital on Monday amid Coronavirus pandemic that has so far claimed 136 lives in the Union Territory.
Due to extraordinary circumstances in view of COVID-19, civil secretariat at Jammu will continue to remain functional as only 19 government departments which are part of the Darbar Move have been shifted to Srinagar this year while as 18 other departments will continue to function from the winter capital.
Meanwhile, security was beefed up outside and along the roads leading to the Civil Secretariat to foil any militant attack. Dog squads of security forces were checking the perimeter outside the road leading to the Civil Secretariat.
Traffic on the roads leading to the Civil Secretariat witnessed an increase with the local employees coming in their own private vehicles instead of SRTC buses.
The Civil Secretariat and other Move offices had closed in the summer in the last week of October 2019 and reopened in the winter capital. However, the Darbar move officers, which were support to shift to Srinagar in the month of April, remained stationed in Jammu due to COVID-19 outbreak. Then the Civil Secretariat partially reopened on May 5.
As per the schedule, the move offices closed in Jammu on June 26 and reopen in Srinagar on Monday. The General Administration Department (GAD) in continuation to government order 626-JK (GAD) of June 8, had ordered that the departments shall “primarily function from the headquarters along with the records”.
As per the order, 19 departments shifted to Srinagar as part of Darbar Move along with their records. These departments are: General Administration Department, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Civil Aviation, Culture, Estates Department, Finance Department, Floriculture, Higher Education, Hospitality and Protocol, Industries and Commerce, Information Technology, Labour and Employment, Social Welfare, School Education, Skill Development, Tourism, and Youth, Services and Sports.
On the other hand, 18 departments which are part of Darbar Move are function from Jammu which including Home Department, Planning, Development and Monitoring, Power Development, Revenue Department, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Transport Department, Tribal Affairs, Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, ARI and Training, Cooperatives, Disaster Management Relief, and Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Elections, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Forest, Ecology and Environment, Health and Medical Education, Housing and Urban Development, Information, Jal Shakti.