‘Govt Forces, Darbar Employees Convoys On Highway Today’ 

SRINAGAR — The Government Forces and Darbar Move Employees convoys shall be allowed ‘up traffic’ on highway from Udhampur towards Srinagar, traffic department officials said in Saturday.

“No movement of any kind of (government forces) convoy shall be allowed down traffic (from Srinagar towards Udhampur),” the officials said, adding, “No movement of any kind of public vehicle shall be allowed up and down traffic (from Udhampur to Srinagar and vice versa).”

Pertinently, the offices observing five days week closed here on Friday as the J&K civil secretariat, the highest seat of the government, moved to Kashmir. The offices observing 6 days week would close on Saturday.

The practice of ‘Durbar Move’ was started by the then Maharaja of the State, Gulab Singh in 1872 to escape the scorching heat during summers in Jammu and biting cold of winters in Srinagar. It is continuing since then, but this year, in order to provide governance benefits to the people of Jammu in summers, the General Administration Department has established a summer secretariat in Jammu.

As per an order, the summer secretariat shall operate from second floor of civil secretariat, Jammu and will be headed by Rohit Khajuria, Special Secretary to the government.

“The new meeting hall of the third floor, civil secretariat, Jammu shall also be kept operational along with internet and VC facility for meetings to be conveyed by the Advisors, Chief Secretary and the Administrative Secretaries,” the order said. 

The summer secretariat shall start functioning here from April 29 after the closure of offices at Jammu. The order said that one officer of level of Special Secretary, one each of Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary, two senior scale stenographer/junior scale stenographer, three senior assistants/junior assistants and three orderlies, shall work at the summer secretariat.




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