Darbar Move Tradition: The Jammu and Kashmir administration recently cancelled residential accommodations of government officials as part of ending the age-old practice of ‘darbar move’.
Days after Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had announced an end to the 149-year-old practice of ‘darbar move’, the Jammu and Kashmir administration virtually put an end to the 149-year-old darbar move tradition.
The officials are to vacate their government-allotted residential accommodation in the twin capital cities within 21 days.
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.
- This will save the government Rs 200 crore per year, which will be used for the welfare of the deprived sections
History of 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.
- The practice of darbar move has been a part of the Jammu and Kashmir administration since 1872 when it was introduced by Maharaja Gulab Singh.
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.
- The employees from Jammu were allotted residential accommodation in Srinagar and those from Srinagar in Jammu.
- The Raj Bhavan, the civil secretariat and other major offices used to be shifted to the twin cities in phases, which used to cost the exchequer close to Rs 200 crore.
About Jammu and Kashmir:
- Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is a region administered by India as a Union Territory.
- It was a region formerly administered by India as a state from 1954 to 2019.
- Provisions for the formation of the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir were contained within the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019, which was passed by both houses of the Parliament of India in August 2019.
- It lies to the north of the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and to the west of Ladakh, which is also subject to the dispute as a part of Kashmir, and administered by India as a union territory.
- The current Lieutenant Governor of J&K is Former Union minister and BJP leader Manoj Sinha.