In an astonishing move, the J&K administration led by lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha has virtually put an end to the 149-year-old darbar move tradition.
In this story, we tell you, what is darbar move, what ushered its end in J&K, and what impact it’s going to have on the people of the union territory and the country as a whole!
What ushered the end of the century-old move?
Under the J&K government’s able administration, government offices have revolutionized and completely transitioned into an e-office. This is another feather to the prime minister’s vision of a digital India.
However, with an end to the bi-annual practice followed through the ages, the need to maintain two capitals is now completely wiped out.
Tracing origins of the darbar move:
The genesis of the darbar move dates back to more than 400 years ago, during the reign of the Mughal emperor Jahangir.
For his love of mountains and valleys, and to evade the scorching heat of Lahore, Jahangir used to visit Kashmir, during the summer months, every year.
Thus, every year, the darbar used to temporarily move to Kashmir, virtually making it the summer capital of the Mughal empire. The practice was subsequently followed by the British and Dogra rulers.
What is the darbar move?
The darbar move is thus a practice in which the government shifts capital for a brief period, each in the two capitals of the State. For the union territory of J&K, Srinagar is the summer capital and Jammu is the winter capital.
How does it work?
As summer sets in, the J&K government prepares to start functioning from Srinagar for the next six months. Thus, the entire darbar moves to Srinagar, which so far, functioned as the summer capital for the state.
For the prior six months, the J&K government worked from its winter capital, Jammu, as part of the pre-independence bi-annual ‘Darbar Move’ practice.
How it’ll impact the public?
– With an end of the darbar move, the administration has canceled the residential accommodation of “darbar move” employees in Jammu and Srinagar, implying the employees will now remain stationed in either Jammu or Kashmir.
Thus, the officials have been asked to vacate their quarters in the twin capital cities within three weeks.
– Both the Jammu and Srinagar secretariats can now function work from either Jammu or Kashmir throughout the year. This will save the government Rs 200 crore per year, which will be used for the welfare of the deprived sections,” the lieutenant governor had said.
– The decision makes the concept of twin capitals irrelevant. With the government yet to clarify on whether the Union Territory will have one or two capitals.
– Further, this decision will save Rs 200 crore per year of the government, which will be used for the welfare of the deprived sections, as stated by J&K lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha.