Pardeep Singh Bali
As part of the pre-independence biannual Darbar Move practice, Jammu and Kashmir government will start functioning from here after shifting from the summer capital Srinagar. Raj Bhavan, Civil Secretariat and other offices, which had closed in Srinagar on October 27, will open here on November 7, as per the darbar move, a 140-year-old practice under which government functions six months each in the two capitals. “The civil secretariat and other offices, which are part of Darbar Move, will be reopened in Jammu, for winter season, 2016-17 and will start functioning from November 7, 2016,” an official said.
He added that on Durbar (offices) opening day Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will be given guard of honour by contingent of J&K Police at Civil Secretariat complex.
“She will take salute on the occasion and inspect the contingent that will participate in the function,” said official, adding that as part of
bi-annual Darbar move, the Civil Secretariat, along with other offices closed in Srinagar on October 27.
The official shared that all the arrangements with regard to felicitate the reopening of the offices have been finalized. “The entire civil secretariat building and other move office complex have been refurbished and inspected by Chief Secretary himself,” he said and added that to accommodate move employees, 3200 residential units have been allotted in Estates Colonies situated at Tange Wali Gali, Panjtarthi, B C road etc.
He said 800 additional rooms were booked in private hotels and 110 in Government owned JKTDC building in Residency Road Jammu for the employees. He informed that 200 homes have been hired to accommodate senior and middle-rung government officers. He further said that Estates department for the very first time hired private security agency for safety of employees living in colonies and will also issue special vehicle passes to employees so that no outsider vehicle would enter in the locality. “This initiative will ensure safety of dwellers as well as curb the menace of unauthorized parking in the Estates residential colonies,” he said. Talking to Newspoint, DIG, Jammu-Kathua Range-Ashkur Wani said that the department is already on the high alert due to border escalation. “Security has been beefed up in and around Civil Secretariat complex. We are already on the highest alert as the situation along the borders. to ensure proper security and law and order, high level review meetings, involving DGP, IGP, DIG and SSP,” he said. Sources said that additional police forces in various layers deployed around secretariat complex to thwart any perspective threat.