The government on Friday accorded sanction to the formal opening of the Darbar Move offices for the summer session-2020 at Srinagar on May 04, 2020 (Monday) at 9:30 a.m.
According to the order issued by GAD, in view of the extraordinary circumstances due to Covid-19 pandemic Civil Secretariat at Jammu shall continue to remain functional and the Move employees shall work on “as is where is” basis i.e. Kashmir based staff shall work from Srinagar and Jammu based staff shall work from Jammu.
Further, Move offices outside the Civil Secretariat shall also continue to remain functional at Jammu/Srinagar, as per the aforementioned mechanism.
This order of two “functioning secretariats” will just create confusion because no one will know which secretariat to approach to get their work done. It would be better to withdraw this order & just delay the move of offices till the #Covid_19 threat has passed.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) April 10, 2020
“Administrative Secretaries shall make necessary arrangements to ensure the functionality in their respective departments, both at Srinagar and Jammu,” the order said, adding that similar arrangements shall be put in place by the Heads of the Departments observing Darbar Move.
The Civil Secretariat Treasury and J&K Bank Moving Branch at Civil Secretariat shall be functional at both the places within the Civil Secretariat .viz; Jammu/Srinagar. The Finance Department shall put in place a suitable mechanism for the purpose.
It said that the dispensary of the Civil Secretariat shall remain functional at both the places within the Civil Secretariat. “The Health & Medical Education Department shall put in place a suitable mechanism for the purpose,” the order added.
The order said that the Move-based employees of Kashmir Division, who are required to move Srinagar on account of Darbar Move, on 25th/26th April 2020, shall be provided transport facility by the JKRTC. “Such employees shall provide their particulars to the General Administration Department for issuance of appropriate passes, if required, for movement on the national highway,” it said.
Further, the Estates Department shall provide accommodation to the officers/officials, as per the requirement.
Whereas, the Move employees shall be entitled to use of ration card at one place i.e. either at Jammu or in Srinagar only as per his/her convenience, for which the Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs shall facilitate surrender/reissue of ration cards.
The Srinagar Municipal Corporation shall carry out extensive Sanitation and fumigation drives in the Civil Secretariat, other Move offices and the residential colonies along with the hotels, in which accommodation is provided to the employees, before the opening of offices at Srinagar on 04 May, 2020, the order said. “Director Estates shall provide the list of the residential colonies/hotels to the Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation for the purpose.”
The office timing of Civil Secretariat at Jammu/Srinagar shall be from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and for offices of all Heads of the Departments located outside the Civil Secretariat and observing six days a week shall be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“The above arrangement shall be reviewed after assessing the extent and spread of Covid-19 after 15 June 2020,” the order added.