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‘Durbar’ to close on Oct 26, open in Jammu on Nov 5

Srinagar, Oct 15: Jammu and Kashmir Governor’s Secretariat will close in summer capital, Srinagar, on October 26 in connection with shifting of Durbar move offices to Jammu.

As per communiqué of Raj Bhavan, all communications meant for Governor and his staff which cannot reach Raj Bhavan, Srinagar before October 26 may please be addressed to Raj Bhavan, Jammu, for further intimation.

The telephone/fax numbers at Raj Bhavan, Jammu are:Governor Office 2544989(Fax), Principal Secretary to Governor Office 2542902, 2542980, 2544870 (Fax), 2439449 (Residence)EPABX (Exchange) 2560225, 2544537, 254794.

Meanwhile, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam chaired a high-level meeting here Monday morning to take a comprehensive review of the arrangements for bi-annual DurbarMove.

The meeting was informed that as per the orders already issued by the General Administration Department (GAD), the offices observing 5-day week shall close in Srinagar on 26 October 2018 after office hours and offices observing 6-day week shall close on 27 October 2018 after office hours. All the offices will reopen in Jammu on 5 November 2018.

The meeting was told that adequate arrangements are in place for ferrying of official records and transportation of employees on October 27th, 28th and 29thand November 3rd and 4th. Only one-way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar will be allowed during these five days.

Secretary, Information Technology, Saugat Biswas informed the meeting that the IT Department is working towards installation of dedicated computers in each Department at the Civil Secretariat, both at Srinagar and Jammu, to avoid wear and tear during physical transportation of computers with bi-annual Durbar Move.

The Chief Secretary directed that each Department should be provided with External Hard Drive by the IT Department for shifting of records in digital format. He said from the next year minimum movement of files will be ensured and most of the records shall be shifted in digital format.

Secretary IT further informed that from the next Durbar Move, the WiFi and networking equipment won’t be shifted during Durbar Move as Civil Secretariat Jammu and Srinagar shall be provided with dedicated WiFi facilities.

Chief Secretary directed the IT department to ensure that LAN/Internet connections in Jammu Secretariat are fully functional by the time move offices reopen there.

To ensure smooth movement of Durbar Move convoy, the Chief Secretary instructed BEACON and NHAI authorities to ensure good condition of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, especially on Banihal-Nashri and Chenani-Udhampur sections.

The meeting also took a holistic review of security, availability of trucks and buses, recovery vans, mobile workshops, health facilities and ambulances along the highway.

Chief Secretary instructed putting in place all necessary measures including security escort to ensure smooth movement of Darbar move vehicles up to their respective destinations. He instructed that extra buses and trucks be kept available during the move days besides the adequate number of cranes, mobile workshops, recovery vans, medical mobile teams, ambulances be deployed en-route along with necessary equipment and staff to meet any exigency.

Chief Secretary asked Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department to issue temporary ration cards and gas connections to move employees for their Jammu stay and to ensure timely supply of rations besides, directing the concerned departments to ensure complete sanitation, availability of electricity and potable drinking water in all residential colonies of the move employees. He said the employees moving to Jammu should be provided new Ration Cards on the production of their official Identity Card alongwith a self-declaration regarding number of family members.

Chief Secretary also asked concerned officers of the Estates department and Jammu Municipal Corporation to inspect employee residential colonies and ensure that necessary facilities were in place including cleaning up water storage tanks and launching intensive sanitation drives in all colonies.

Director Estates informed the meeting that in addition to around government 3000 flats available for housing move employees, the Estates Department is hiring around 1200 hotel rooms, 150 JKTDC rooms at TRC Jammu and 280 private houses.

He also directed for adequate deployment of security in all residential colonies both in Srinagar and Jammu.

Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma; IGP Jammu, SDS Jamwal; DDC Jammu, Ramesh Kumar, Commissioner JMC and other concerned officers from Jammu attended the meeting through video-conferencing.