Srinagar: Jammu Civil secretariat is readying itself to be a center of government activities for next six months from 6th of this month as Darbar or government offices in Srinagar secretariat have shifted their base to Jammu.
The exercise –Darbar Move (Royal Court) in a local parlance- involves housing offices from May to October in State’s summer capital, Srinagar and rest six months in its winter capital, Jammu continues to be debatable one as economic and political commentators dub it as ‘burden on state’s exchequer’.
Started during erstwhile Dogra rule, this 138 year old practice has become now an established political tradition.
While some believe that trend was unavoidable, others believe that this practice has been one of the reasons that made state’s exchequer to grapple with resources.
“It is very difficult to do away with the practice as it’s more of a political necessity as there is hardly any history of cordiality and affability between the two regions, Kashmir and Jammu,” a political analyst told Agence India Press who declined to named.
The move, he felt, was important for state government to continue with as they couldn’t abandon it, which means pleasing one region and annoying another.
“Choosing one city as the capital or sole home to the civil secretariat would mean annoying other people of other region, which can result in loosing on to the vote bank of the abandoned region,” he said believing that political compulsions have rendered successive governments helpless to dispose off with practice.
Not only it brings inconvenience to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, two important months of the financial year are wasted in shifting the staff and record files from one region to another.
“It suits to the governing class as they project it as part of good governance. But it’s totally a different case in that regard as it deprives a common man from proper accessible to the officials and offices,” he said.
Every Durbar Move is coupled with beautification and cleanliness drives and face-lifting of ministers’ bungalows and employee quarters wasting a lot of money every year.
Afaq Ahmad, a social work student, believes that continuation of practice was to keep the diverse identity of the region intact.
“It’s time to do away with the Maharaja Style governance. Government should come up with something that is acceptable with the people of Jammu and Kashmir regions,” he said adding that government could easily put the money used for the practice to create job avenues for the unemployed youth.
Secretariat employees, who shift to the respective capital on rotational basis, have their share of problems thanks to this exercise.
“It forces us to have residential units both at Jammu and Kashmir. This exercise is very hectic for us and our families and has affected us on domestic front,” says one of the secretariat employees.
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