Durbar Move: Administration to start functioning from Jammu today

Jammu: The Civil Secretariat, the seat of Jammu and Kashmir Administration, will open today after functioning in summer capital Srinagar for six months as part of the nearly 150-year-old practice known in the union territory as the ‘Durbar Move’

Adequate arrangements, especially those related to security, have been put in place to ensure smooth functioning of the Civil Secretariat and other move offices, including the Raj Bhawan and police headquarters in Jammu, officials said.

The Covid pandemic delayed the Durbar Move from Jammu to Srinagar this summer. The Civil Secretariat and other move offices, which observe a five-day week, closed in Srinagar on October 30, while the offices observing a six-day week closed the next day.

The practice of ‘Durbar Move’ — under which the administration functions in Jammu during six months of winter and in Srinagar during summer — was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872 to escape extreme weather conditions in the two regions of the state.

The Inspector-General of Police, Jammu Zone, Mukesh Singh, chaired a meeting on Thursday evening to review security arrangements for the opening of the move offices and directed his officers to ensure elaborate security measures in the entire Jammu district, including border areas.

Singh also asked the officers to ensure adequate security in and around the Civil Secretariat, Raj Bhawan and at various roundabouts, junctions and other important areas in the city.

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