September 22, 2021

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Restore ‘Darbar Move’: JKAP protestors

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Restore ‘Darbar Move’: JKAP protestors
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Restore ‘Darbar Move’: JKAP protestors
Restore ‘Darbar Move’: JKAP protestors

JAMMU: Jammu & Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) on Wednesday staged a protest demanding resumption of ‘Darbar Move,’ an age-old practice of shifting of government offices between the twin capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu.
Led by JKAP trade union wing president Ajaz Kazmi, scores of JKAP activists assembled near the Press Club in Jammu and staged a sit-in protest.
Later, the protestors tried to march towards the city centre but were intercepted by a police contingent. Some JKAP activists were also detained when they tried to take out a rally without permission.
“We impress upon the government to review its decision in the best interest of the people,” Kazmi told the media.
‘Darbar Move’ was a traditional practice of shifting the civil secretariat and other government offices of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir twice a year between Srinagar and Jammu. As summer sets in, offices in Jammu close in the last week of April to reopen in Srinagar in the first week of May. Similarly, with the onset of winters, offices shut down in Srinagar in the last week of October to reopen in Jammu in the first week of November.
‘Darbar Move’ meant around 10,000 employees working in the civil secretariats would move along with truckloads of files through the 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar highway twice every year. Apart from the effort, the exercise cost the government nearly Rs 200 crore every year. Expenses were incurred on transportation and moving the staff that included travel fares and arrangements for their accommodation.
In April this year, J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha deferred the shift to Srinagar in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Later in June, the LG announced that the J&K administration has completely transitioned to e-office, thereby ending the practice.
Traders and transporters in Jammu resented the decision saying that the century-old practice, started by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872, gives a big boost to Jammu economically, besides developing a bond between the people of the two regions.

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