Rs 2000 cr spent on Darbar employees in 20 years

Yearly Security Related Expenditure Rs 200 Cr


Jammu, Jan 28: The yearly expenditure on the security and lodging of Jammu-based Darbar employees has touched a whopping Rs 200 crores, while the total expenditure on the security of these employees in last 20 years is calculated to be more than Rs 2000 crores.
Sources said that this year the Government spent Rs 45 crores alone on the boarding and lodging of Jammu employees during their stay in the Kashmir Valley.
Well informed sources in the civil secretariat told Greater Kashmir that the expenditure on the move employees - especially in Srinagar due to the security being provided to the employees - has increased manifolds during the last three years.
Every year, around 7,000 employees move to Srinagar with Darbar move offices and 3,000 of them belong to Jammu. The Estates department of the State acquired about 110 hotels and lodges in Srinagar on rent during the current financial year. Though the expenses on this account are borne by the Union Government, the sources said that if the money spent all these years would have been utilized properly, the State could have developed adequate accommodation for every Darbar move employee in the two capital cities. Providing lodging and boarding facilities to the Jammu-based Darbar move employees constitutes major chunk of Security Related Expenditure.
“This year alone we have spent around Rs 45 crores on rent, security, patrol and other similar activities during the six month stay of these employees in Srinagar”, an official in the Estates department said. He said that expenditure on Kashmir-based move employees is less in Jammu as there were hardly any compulsion for the employees to prefer high security areas.
Union Home Ministry has spent more than Rs 2000 crores in last 20 years on Security Related Expenditures in Srinagar. The expenses include the expenditure on account of provision for accommodation to Jammu-based employees during Durbar move in Srinagar, providing relief to migrant employees, fuel expenditure of the police department in providing security to VIPs.
Sources said that rates are revised after every 6 months by an expert committee and at present Jammu-based Darbar move employees are given Rs 200 per head per day for boarding and Rs 180 per head per day for meals. They further added that had the Government proper vision of future, with such a huge sum permanent accommodation facility could have been built to accommodate Jammu-based secretariat employees.
Office bearers of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Secretariat Non-Gazetted Employees Union said that when hotels in the valley were constructed,they were provided land and finances at concessional rates to boost tourism sector in the State. With employees occupying these hotels during peak tourism season, this sector has been affected adversely as remaining hotels increased their rents. Not only this, had the employees been allowed to go for private rented accommodation, social bonds between the people of two regions of the State could have been strengthened.
Director Estates, Khurshid Ahmed Shah said, “It is not mandatory for Jammu-based secretariat employees to stay in hotels, it is voluntarily. They can have their own accommodation but not even a single employee opts for it and as such this sum is likely to increase every year.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 28 Jan 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 28 Jan 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 29 Jan 2012 00:00:00 IST

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