No Winter Secretariat this year

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday made it clear that there would be no winter secretariat available in Srinagar this year. However, ministers would continue to visit the summer capital to listen to peoples’ woes.

A senior minister in the present coalition told KNS while pleading for anonymity that the winter secretariat would not be operational in the summer capital this year and that all the move offices shall operate from Jammu for the period of six months commencing from November 1st week.

It was informed further that the civil secretariat of Srinagar would hold no offices during the move period and no ministers on rotational basis shall be sent to Srinagar as was being witnessed in the past.

However, chief minister and other ministers of the present coalition would continue her visits to Valley. “Winter secretariat becomes operational when government spends entire six months in Jammu. Now, this is not the case. We have seen even last year that there were ministers who continuously visited Valley. I mean we don’t need a roaster to do that. That practice is long dead,” he added.

According to an order issued by General Administration Department (GAD) the government offices observing five-day week will close on October 27, and the offices observing six-day week shall close on October 29.

“These offices will reopen at Jammu on November 7. All the departments shall ensure that records are packed in boxes after working hours on last working day,” an official spokesman said.

It has been ordered that the offices moving in camp shall carry only 33 per cent of the strength of staff in that particular office or with 10 officials whichever is minimum, he added

“All departments have been asked to send their advance parties on October 24, consisting of one gazetted Officer and four to five non-gazetted employees who will receive the records at Jammu,” he said. (KNS)

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