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Darbar to open in Srinagar on June 15

File Photo of Civil Secretariat in Srinagar

Srinagar: In view of the extension of the lockdown upto May 3 and a spike in novel coronavirus cases, the J&K government on Friday deferred “formal” reopening of Darbar move offices in Srinagar till mid-June.

Modifying its April 10 order, the government ordered that the formal opening of the Darbar at Srinagar will take place on June 15.


“All officers’ assigned specific COVID-19 control tasks shall continue to function from their present location till further orders, so as to ensure that COVID-19 control efforts are not hampered on account of physical dislocation of officers/offices,” reads the fresh order. As per an order issued here, it would be further reviewed on June 15.

The Civil Secretariat at Srinagar shall start partial functioning on 04.05.2020 with the staff and officers on ‘as is where is’ basis i.e. those who have already been or likely to get relocated before that date.

“All Administrative Secretaries shall furnish list of officers/staff who shall work from Srinagar and Jammu respectively to the General Administration Department by 21.04.2020,” reads the order, a copy of which lies with GNS.

The concerned Administrative Secretaries, Head of Departments have been asked to assign work to Officers, staff stationed at Srinagar, and Jammu accordingly for obtaining maximum efficiency and minimum disruption.

“All Administrative Secretaries will put in place a robust online/electronic/ video conferencing/other communication mode at Jammu/Srinagar to ensure a virtual office at both the places,” the ordered added. 

“The above arrangement shall be further reviewed on 15.06.2020, or earlier, when a clear picture on the extent and spread of COVID-19 emerges,” it added.  (GNS)