`Darbar` moves to Srinagar

Civil secretariat, the seat of Jammu and Kashmir government, Monday re-opened in the summer capital Srinagar amid tight security after six months of its functioning in Jammu as part of the bi-annual `Darbar` move.

Last Updated: May 09, 2011, 14:46 PM IST

Srinagar: Civil secretariat, the seat of
Jammu and Kashmir government, Monday re-opened in the summer
capital Srinagar amid tight security after six months of its
functioning in Jammu as part of the bi-annual `Darbar` move.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was
accorded Guard of Honour by a police band at the Civil
Secretariat.

The Chief Minister later also chaired a meeting of
administrative secretaries and urged them to work for
mitigating the problems of the people and expedite the
development works in the Valley.

The Civil Secretariat and other `move offices` closed
in Jammu on April 29. It will close here in late October and
reopen in Jammu, the winter capital of the state, in the first
week of November.

The practice to shift the base of the government was
started by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872 to escape the
extreme weather conditions in Jammu and Srinagar.

The other offices which have shifted to Srinagar
include Raj Bhavan and police headquarters.

PTI