The capital of Jammu and Kashmir has been changing every six months. Srinagar has been made the summer capital while Jammu has been made the winter capital. During this time the capital which moves from one place to another is called Darbar Parivartan. The government has stopped this 149-year-old tradition. Mehbooba Mufti, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, has not liked it at all. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti termed it an insensitive decision. He has said that the social and economic benefits of changing the court far outweigh the expenditure on it. In fact, employees have to go to Srinagar in summer and Jammu in winter. In both the places the government provides accommodation. There is an additional expenditure of about Rs 200 crore on this practice. To avoid this expenditure, the government has decided to stop this practice.
Those who stop the practice are not worried about Jammu and Kashmir
Mehbooba tweeted, “The recent decision of the Government of India to stop the change of court is like extreme carelessness in small matters and negligence in big matters. The social and economic benefits of moving the office around in summer and winter are far greater. It is clear from this that such insensitive decisions have been taken by those who are not concerned about the welfare of Jammu and Kashmir. The Jammu and Kashmir administration last month announced that it has completely adopted e-office and put a complete stop on the twice-a-year Durbar change. The administration runs for six months from Jammu and six months from Srinagar under the Darbar Parivartan and this practice was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872 to avoid the extreme weather of these two regions.
149 years old tradition is the court change
The court system was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872. The tradition was continued by the political class of Jammu and Kashmir from 1947 onwards. He believed that this practice acts as a bridge for dialogue between different language and cultural areas of Kashmir and Jammu. Former chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam had said on March 31 that the government has taken concrete steps to switch to paperless offices by introducing e-offices across departments. In 2020, the then Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajneesh Oswal of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court suggested discontinuing the tradition, saying it was a burden on the exchequer.
200 crore profit by closing the court change
The government says that by discontinuing this tradition, the state government will benefit Rs 200 crore every year. After ending the tradition, 10 thousand employees will have to vacate any one house in Jammu or Kashmir given by the government. These employees will now do many things online by staying at one place. M Raju, Commissioner Secretary, Estates Department, said that within 21 days, the government house in one place will have to be vacated.
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