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Darbar Move: Offices close in Jammu, to reopen in Srinagar on May 6

Darbar Move: Offices close in Jammu, to reopen in Srinagar on May 6
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Jammu, Apr 27 (PTI) As part of the bi-annual ‘Darbar Move’ under which the Jammu and Kashmir government functions six months each in Jammu and Srinagar, all move offices, including the Raj Bhavan, closed here Saturday and will reopen in the summer capital on May 6.
While the civil secretariat the seat of Jammu and Kashmir government along with other offices observing five-day week closed in the winter capital after office hours Friday, those move offices observing six-day week closed here this (Saturday) evening, officials said.
They said all the move offices, including the civil secretariat, and the Raj Bhavan would reopen at summer capital Srinagar on May 6.
The ‘darbar move’ was started by the then Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872 to escape the extreme heat during summers in Jammu and biting cold of winters in Srinagar. The practice was continued by elected governments post-independence to provide governance benefits — by turns– to both Kashmir and Jammu regions of the state for six months each.
The state government spends crores of rupees every year to shift voluminous records between the two capital cities twice a year, besides paying similar amount as allowance for the several thousand employees who shift base with the government.
The officials said all necessary arrangement for lodging and boarding of move employees, their security, movement from Jammu to Srinagar, have been taken care of well in advance to ensure smooth functioning of the administration in Srinagar.
As a special arrangement, the J&K State Road Transport Corporation buses and trucks, carrying move employees and the records, would be allowed to ply on Jammu-Srinagar national highway alongside the security convoy on Sunday, they said.

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