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 apply began by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872, officers stated. 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 stated.
All of 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 time and in Jammu for the remaining six months of the yr. The apply was began by the maharaja 145 years in the past to flee the intense warmth of Jammu throughout summers and biting chilly of winters in Srinagar. Nevertheless, the apply was continued by elected governments post-Independence so as to present entry to individuals of each areas — by turns — to the seat of energy within the state.
The federal government spends crores of rupees yearly to shift voluminous information between the 2 capital cities twice a yr, moreover 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 varied quarters to abolish the apply 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 time. The federal government allowed Jammu-based workers to remain again within the winter capital whereas valley-based workers have been directed to report back to work in Could this yr.
Nevertheless, all workers have been directed to report back to work in July, two months after the scheduled opening of darbar in Srinagar..