Darbar offices open
KG News Desk
Srinagar, May 9: The Jammu and Kashmir government today started functioning from the summer capital here after shifting from Jammu as part of the pre-independence bi-annual ‘Darbar Move’ practice.
Raj Bhavan, Civil Secretariat and other offices were closed in Jammu on April 29 and reopened here today as per the ‘darbar move’, a century-old practice under which government functions six months each from the two capitals of the state.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, upon her arrival at the Civil Secretariat, inspected the ceremonial parade and received the Guard-of-Honour by a contingent of J-K Police, a spokesperson said.
She also inaugurated a re-modelled hall of the Labour and Employment Department and a newly-constructed Corridor on the first floor of the Secretariat, he said.
She interacted with the employees before resuming her duties, the spokesman said.
The government would function in the summer capital till late October and then move to Jammu, the winter capital of the state, in the first week of November.
Authorities have made all necessary arrangements, including beefing up security, to ensure smooth functioning of the offices in the Kashmir Valley.
After reopening of offices, the Civil Secretariat will function from 9.30 AM to 5 PM and other departments located outside from 10 AM to 4 PM.