Days after Lt Gov Manoj Sinha announced an end to the 149-year-old practice of ‘darbar move’, the J&K administration on Wednesday cancelled residential accommodations of government officials in the twin capitals of J&K. According to an order issued by Commissioner Secretary, Estates Department, M Raju, the officials have been asked to vacate their government quarters in Jammu and Srinagar within 21 days.
What is darbar move?
The practice of darbar move has been a part of the J&K administration since 1872 when it was introduced by Maharaja Gulab Singh. Srinagar serves as the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, while Jammu is the winter capital. The administration used to function in Jammu during the 6 months of winter and in Srinagar during the summer.
The order said the officers and officials would vacate their government-allotted residential accommodation in the twin capital cities within 21 days.