Darbar to open today

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 8: The Civil Secretariat, the seat of Jammu and Kashmir administration, will open here tomorrow after functioning in summer capital Srinagar for six months as part of the nearly 150-year-old practice known in the Union Territory as ‘Darbar Move’.
Adequate arrangements, especially those related to security, have been put in place to ensure smooth functioning of the civil secretariat and other move offices including the Raj Bhavan and police headquarters in Jammu, officials said.
The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the darbar move from Jammu to Srinagar this summer. The Civil Secretariat and other move offices, which observe a five-day week, closed in Srinagar on October 30, while the offices observing a six-day week closed the next day.
All the offices are reopening in Jammu on November 9.
The practice of ‘Darbar Move’ — under which the administration functions in Jammu during six months of winter and in Srinagar during summer — was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872 to escape extreme weather conditions in the two regions of the State.