Durbar to re-open in Jammu today

The civil secretariat and other offices will re-open here on Monday after a 10-day break owing to ‘Durbar Move’ under which the government functions six months each in the twin capitals of Srinagar and Jammu.
Durbar to re-open in Jammu today
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The civil secretariat and other offices will re-open here on Monday after a 10-day break owing to 'Durbar Move' under which the government functions six months each in the twin capitals of Srinagar and Jammu.

The re-opening of government offices in the winter capital will be marked by a strike call given by a traders' federation and supported by various Jammu-based organisations to highlight the alleged failure of the PDP-BJP government to address their issues including continuation of toll tax on goods imported from outside the state.

The practice of Durbar Move was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872 to escape the summer heat of Jammu and the biting winters of Srinagar.

"All necessary arrangements are in place to ensure smooth functioning of the government from here," divisional commissioner, Jammu, Mandeep K Bhandari told PTI.

He said that the administration was ready and the works to ensure better facilities to employees have been completed.

Arrangements have been made to deal with any situation including law and order problem in the wake of the bandh call given by certain groups, Bhandari said.

The bandh call was given by Chamber of Traders Federation to protest toll tax on goods imported from outside the state and to press for public holiday on the birth anniversary of last Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh.

While many organisations including Jammu High Court Bar Association, National Panthers Party and Team Jammu extended support to the strike call, Bari Brahmana Industries Association (BBIA) opposed it. It said that "the toll post is working as a tool to stop the import of unaccounted goods by vested interests."

Market associations also distanced themselves from the strike call, terming the bandh as "unjustified."

Inspector general of police, Jammu, SD Singh Jamwal said that best possible security arrangements have been made in connection with the reopening of offices including civil secretariat, the seat of Jammu and Kashmir government, and Raj Bhavan here.

There have been demands from various quarters to abolish the practice of Durbar Move and set up permanent civil secretariats in Jammu and Srinagar.

National Panthers Party chairman Harsh Dev Singh said that his party would take out a march tomorrow to "showcase the unity of Jammu for realisation of the common goal of ending the age-old subjugation of Dogra land."

Meanwhile, principal secretary to Chief Minister, RohitKansal on Sunday took a first-hand appraisal of the arrangements for the annual Duruar move during his visit to the civil secretariat and various residential colonies for employees.

A government spokesman said that Kansal inspected various offices and halls  and got spot feedback about the arrangements. He took keen interest in the repair, renovation and modernisation works, the spokesman said.

The director Estates briefed about the upkeep works  in and around the complex.

Later, Kansal also visited the residential colonies for employees including Poonch House, Amar Singh Ahata, Janipur and reviewed the arrangements made for Darbar move employees.  He directed the Estates department to ensure sanitation, proper water supply, electricity and other basic required things, so that the employees may not face any problem. 

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