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Coronavirus | J&K defers darbar move due to spike in cases

The Jammu and Kashmir Civil Secretariat in Srinagar. File   | Photo Credit: The Hindu

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday deferred the biannual darbar move to Srinagar saying that the civil secretariat, which is the seat of the Union Territory administration, shall function both in Srinagar and Jammu cities.

As part of the biannual darbar move and the civil secretariat's shift, other move offices and the Raj Bhavan were scheduled to close in Jammu between April 30 and May 1 and set to begin functioning in the summer capital from May 10.

The practice of darbar 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.

"In view of sharply rising cases of COVID in J&K, the government has taken few important decisions ensuring safety of employees. Darbar move deferred because of COVID. Secretariat to function in both #Srinagar & #Jammu. Office functioning not to be affected because of e-Office," Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said in a series of tweets on Thursday.

Jammu and Kashmir had recorded 1,086 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday taking the infection count to 1,41,736 while five deaths due to the virus raised the toll to 2,042 in the UT.

As Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing a surge in the number of COVID cases, the threat it poses to people and staff on the move and the implementation of e-Office software in both the Secretariat and offices, it has been decided to defer the darbar move this time, the LG said.

"However, Secretariat will function in both Srinagar & Jammu with staff equitably split ", Sinha's office tweeted.

He said the office functioning will not be affected as files will move electronically between both the Secretariats through e-Office software.

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