NGO to file plea against Darbar

A non-governmental organisation would file a plea in the court here seeking directions to the Jammu and Kashmir government to not shift certain offices from the valley as a part of annual Darbar Move. 


Social Royal Voluntary environmental service (SRVES), a ‘socio-environmental faction’ is going to file a PIL on Monday against Secretariat move.


“As we know this year Kashmir was stuck by devastating  floods and various districts along with Srinagar city were submerged in flood, the Secretariat move at this stage will prove to be one more disaster for Kashmiris and aptly shows that government is running away from its duties,” the head of the group MM Idrees ul Haq said.


Darbar Move is a regular exercise of shifting the secretariat and all the government offices from Srinagar to Jammu and vice versa in Jammu and Kashmir. It involves housing offices from May to October in State’s summer capital, Srinagar and rest six months in its winter capital, Jammu. The step was started by Maharaja Ranbir Singh during the Dogra rule in 1872.


“Kashmir needs the presence of concerned departments at this time when people are left with no homes and are spending nights in open black dark sky. The proper rehabilitation of the people could be made possible only if the concerned departments which are required for the allocation of funds, essential services etc are to be housed here in Kashmir,” he said.


“We have learnt from past experiences that with the secretariat move their is only winter secretariat open in Kashmir, government must understand the graveness of the matter, it is not like previous years move, this year the lives of lakhs and thousands of people are at stake,” he added.


Government’s Civil Secretariat and other offices will close in Srinagar on October 31 and reopen in the winter capital Jammu on November 10, as part of Darbar Move, a century-old practice under which government functions six months each in the two capitals.


“I request to government of Jammu and Kashmir to reconsider its decision for this years move for the departments which are needed for the rehabilitation purposes in Kashmir. It would be in the interest of majority of Kashmiris who have been left devastated by the floods else we are going for PIL on Monday against the secretariat move,” he concluded.


J&K SRTC has been asked to provide sufficient number of buses for transporting Jammu-based employees on November 1, 2 and Kashmir-based employees on November 8, 9. Trucks carrying government records and other materials will leave Srinagar for Jammu on November 2.