By: Nasir Azam
Srinagar: Amid COVID-19 scare, the civil secretariat and other Darbar Move offices reopened in Jammu & Kashmir summer capital Srinagar on Tuesday after a gap of six months.
The civil secretariat, which houses offices of J&K’s top bureaucrats, reopened here, even as it will also function from Jammu for the duration of the deferment of Darbar Move.
The administration has decided to defer the bi-annual practice of Darbar move due to upsurge in COVID-19 cases in the UT.
According to the arrangement worked out by the administration, the civil secretariat will remain functional from both the capitals while as administrative secretaries will rotate between the two places as per the roster notified by the General Administration Department.
As many as 62 offices of head of departments, which move in full/ in camp, will primarily function from Srinagar while 73 will work from Jammu.
Apart from this, 13 offices will also have civil secretariat-like arrangement for the period of deferment of Darbar move.
In 2020, the administration had also deferred the practice of Darbar move in view of the extraordinary circumstances arising due to COVID-19.
The biannual practice of Darbar Move was started by Dogra ruler Ranbir Singh in 1872 to “escape the extreme weather of Kashmir in winters and to give a fillip to economy of Jammu”
The practice of Darbar Move has come under question from different quarters, with several elected heads of J&K voicing support for abandoning the practice, but none could do much about it given the sensitivity of the issue. (KNO)