- The Civil Secretariat and other move offices of Jammu & Kashmir government has been reopened in summer capital Srinagar as part of bi-annual Darbar Move.
- Darbar is the name for the bi-annual shift of the secretariat and all other government offices in J&K from Srinagar(state’s summer capital) to Jammu(state’s winter capital).This practice was started by Dogra King Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1872.
- However,the practice was continued even after Independence with the aim of providing governance benefits to both Kashmir and Jammu regions of the state for six months by turns.
- The secretariat is located in Srinagar from May to October and in Jammu from November to April.Along with the secretariat,the J&K High Court also moves.
- This is also done to escape extreme weather conditions in these places.It was a compulsion in the past because of poor means of transportation and communication.
- Recently,Jammu and Kashmir Government had approved the divisional status to Ladakh which was part of the Kashmir division till now.With a separate administrative division for Ladakh region,the state of Jammu & Kashmir now has three administrative divisions- Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
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