L-G receives guard of honour in first ‘Durbar move’ in UT - watsupptoday.com
L-G receives guard of honour in first ‘Durbar move’ in UT
Posted 05 Nov 2019 01:35 PM

Source: Scroll

In the first ‘Durbar move’ after the formation of the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant-Governor of J&K Girish Chandra Murmu received the ceremonial guard of honour at the Civil Secretariat, the seat of government, here in the winter capital city on Monday.
With this, all the government offices, including Civil Secretariat and police headquarters, opened here amid tight security arrangements after a transit period of nine days as a part of the ‘Durbar move’ offices for the next six months.

The ‘Durbar move’, a 147-year-old practice, is the relocation of capital and civil secretariat from Srinagar to Jammu and vice versa after every six months. Under this arrangement, government offices function six months each from Srinagar during summers and from Jammu during winters.

The Lt-Governor was received by Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh, Administrative Secretaries and a number of officers and employees of Civil Secretariat.

However, the usual hustle and bustle and political buzz, which civil secretariat used to witness on the reopening of ‘Durbar move’ offices during elected governments, were missing.

Former Chief Ministers, including Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah, Mufti Mohammed Syed and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti used to receive the guard of honour amid the slogans in their praise followed by a traditional press conference where they briefed the media about the achievements and priorities of their respective governments.

However, Murmu skipped the customary press conference, which was a normal practice by the head of the administration in the erstwhile state of J&K, and straightway headed to his office.

Later, the Lt-Governor chaired a high-level meeting of Administrative Secretaries of the different departments where he discussed important and “urgent administrative” issues.

In another meeting at the Central Hall of state legislature, the Lt-Governor interacted with all the officers of civil secretariat and sought their suggestions for further improving the quality and pace of work, in an open house.

Murmu reiterated the resolve of the government for working towards “ensuring responsive and good governance” at all levels. He advised the officers to keep public welfare as a central motto while discharging their duties.

The Lt-Governor also visited the police headquarters where he received a guard of honour. Director-General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh and other senior police officers interacted with the Lt-Governor and briefed him about the law and order scenario and multiple challenges before the J&K Police.

Murmu, while praising the role of the J&K Police for the maintenance of law and order, asked the police officers to stay alert and deal firmly with the elements inimical to safety and security of state and stressed that stern action should be taken against people involved in economic offence.

Folk dance performed to welcome Murmu

On the opening day of Durbar move in the winter capital, a Dogra cultural song and dance event was held outside civil secretariat. The function was conducted by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL).

“It has been a general practice of the academy to present different functions at different venues on the eve of Durbar move. Bhaderwahi dance was held outside civil secretariat for the first time,” said Arvinder Amn, additional secretary, JKAACL.

Only Tricolour flutters atop civil secretariat

For the first time, only the Tricolour fluttered atop the Jammu civil secretariat with the opening of ‘Durbar move’ offices here.
After the abrogation of Article 370, the flag of J&K, which used to fly along with the Tricolour, was missing atop civil secretariat here.

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