Durbar Reopens in Srinagar After 2 Month Delay

Civil Secretariat Srinagar - File Pic

Srinagar: Amid heightened security, the Durbar move offices formally re-opened on Monday in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

The reopening of move offices got delayed by nearly two months this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For the first time in the last several decades, the government organized a traditional folk music event to welcome the annual Durbar move in Kashmir.

The folk music show was organized by Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) to revive the rich and old-aged cultural activity and attract dignitaries of Durbar move.

SMC Secretary General, Mohammad Akbar Sofi said that the folk music was organized by SMC to welcome the Durbar move officers and employees.

Pertinently, every year authorities organize inaugural functions on the annual Durbar move at the Civil Secretariat. But, this year due to the COVID threat authorities organized folk music event to welcome officers.

Unlike previous years, the media persons were not allowed inside the Civil Secretariat to cover the reopening of Durbar Move offices in Srinagar.

Meanwhile, Lt Governor has chaired a high level meeting of Administrative Secretaries here at Civil Secretariat wherein he stressed on close monitoring of developmental works and their speedy execution, besides releasing of pending payments under various schemes on priority.

The meeting was attended by BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance department; Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education; Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor, besides Administrative Secretaries of various departments and other senior officers.

During the meeting, Murmu directed the Administrative Secretaries to increase the field visits, with minimum one field visit every week to get first hand appraisal of the status of developmental works, expedite all the ongoing development works for their early completion and submit Utilization Certificates (UCs) of works done from time to time. Earmark half of the days for meeting public in the Secretariat / HoD offices and also earmark time for meeting public representatives.

He further directed them to release the pending payments under various schemes targetted for individual beneficiaries on priority, besides release of wages of contractual / daily wagers within one week’s period.

In view of the persistent demand of people for making available minor minerals, the Lt Governor asked the concerned officers to explore modalities for immediate short term mining permits at local levels to ensure that people do not suffer due to paucity of minor minerals.

He also emphasized on developing a robust mechanism for proper tracking of files to complement the government’s resolve of ensuring responsive and accountable government. “The Government is committed to holistic development of the UT to meet the aspirations of the people of J&K and called for coordinated efforts at all levels of the administrative setup in this direction,” he said during the meeting.

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