Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday categorically stated that for him the government money is like ‘Gau maas’ and he will ensure that each penny is used for J&K’s benefit.
Addresing an event, Sinha lambasted the ones criticising his decision to end the ‘Darbar Move’ – the 149-year-old tradition in Jammu and Kashmir. The Lt Governor said that a huge racket was going on under the garb of ‘Darbar Move’ which needed to be ended.
“It’s being said that stopping Darbar Move will affect J&K’s economy. There was a huge racket that wanted it to continue as some people were making huge amounts of money from the practice. Now it’s been converted into e-office so there is no need to shift hundreds of files twice a year. For me, governmnet money is like ‘Gau Maas’, and every penny will be used for J&K’s benefit.,” Sinha was quoted saying by news agency ANI.
Sinha stated that there would be no place for corrupt people and the government money will be spent for the welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
In June, the J&K government ended the biannual tradition of shifting capitals between Srinagar and Jammu and directed the employees to vacate their accommodations in both cities.
Every year, around 10,000 government employees working in Civil Secretariats, used to move along with hundreds of files twice every year. Earlier administrations used Jammu as its winter capital and Srinagar as its summer capital.
On completion of the e-office, Lt Governor Manoj Sinha had said there was no need to continue the practice of ‘Darbar Move’ of the government offices and ordered the workforce to vacate the governmnet accommodation at the twin capitals of Jammu and Srinagar within three weeks.
The end of the biennial ‘Darbar Move’ save the exchequer Rs 200 crore each year.