Omar advocates reverse Darbar move

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today advocated a reverse "darbar move" so that the government stays with the people when they are facing harships due to extreme weather.

Updated: May 07, 2012, 13:44 PM IST

Srinagar: Terming the bi-annual shifting of state capital as a "necessary evil", Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today advocated a reverse "darbar move" so that the government stays with the people when they are facing harships due to extreme weather.

As per the 140-year-old practice of erstwhile Maharajas of Jammu and Kashmir, the seat of government shifts between Jammu and Srinagar every six months.

The practice was started by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1872 to escape the extreme weather conditions of Jammu during summer and of the Valley during winter.

The practice continued even after independence in order to give equal access to the government to people of both regions of the state.

A reverse "darbar move" would mean that the capital stays in Jammu in summers and in Srinagar during winters.

"It is my personal opinion and not that of the government. There should be reverse Darbar move so that the government is with the people when they are facing hardships," Omar told reporters after inspecting the guard of honour at the reopening of government offices here.
He said it was a necessary evil.