Darbar Move

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Darbar Move is the name given to the bi-annual exercise of shifting the secretariat and all other government offices from capital city to another in the state of Indian Administrated Jammu and Kashmir. It involves housing offices from May to October in State’s summer capital, Srinagar and rest six months in its winter capital, Jammu. The tradition was started during Dogra rule in 1872 by Maharaja Ranbir Singh. From time to time the Government has tentatively mooted the idea of discontinuing the practice. But since the wintering officials pump quite a lot of money into the Jammu economy, the people of that city are strongly opposed to any change. No doubt the move is becoming more controversial with each passing year; it is a waste of time and money and it is inconvenient but the problem is to find a mutually acceptable alternative.[1]


Darbar Move continues to be debatable one as economic and political commentators dub it as ‘burden on state’s exchequer’. While some believe that trend was unavoidable, others believe that this practice has been one of the reasons that made state’s exchequer to grapple with resources.[2]