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Darbar is back to Srinagar

The Civil Secretariat and other offices of Jammu and Kashmir Government became functional from Srinagar on Monday, with the completion of the customary shifting of the establishment from winter capital Jammu.

Srinagar, May 7 : The Civil Secretariat and other offices of Jammu and Kashmir Government became functional from Srinagar on Monday, with the completion of the customary shifting of the establishment from winter capital Jammu.

Known as the "Darbar Move", the over 100-year-old tradition of shifting the state capital in accordance with the season costs the State Government a huge sum of money each year.

With a change in season, there is also a change in the office timings, which start half an hour earlier than the usual wintertime of 10 a.m.

"All the government officials are going there to work. Previously, we used to reach office and start work at around 10 a.m. It was the official timing. But now we have been told that the official timing is from 9.30 a.m.," said Ghulam Nabi, a government employee.

Meanwhile, locals expressed happiness over the shifting of the capital as they say it would bring with it bustling business.

"Obviously, what happens is when the Darbar is in Jammu for six months all their businesses flourish and we suffer. But now with the coming of the Darbar to Srinagar, we will benefit from it because the employees of Jammu will come here accompanied by their families. Also, the number of tourist will increase and this will boost our economy. It is a good sign for us," said Musavir, a local.

The State Government secretariat shifts every spring and autumn between the two capitals in conformity with changing weather patterns.

The practice was started in 1882 by the then Maharaja Pratap Singh to meet the aspirations of the people living in far-flung areas of the state.

However, there are divergent views on the six-monthly shifting of the capital. Some people argue it would not be possible for the people of Jammu and Ladakh region to travel all the way to snowbound Srinagar in the winter months to attend to administrative work.

There have been isolated moves by successive governments to stop this practice, which is a drain on the exchequer, but in vain.

ANI

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