Govt defers formal Darbar opening in Srinagar till June 15


Modifying its order of April 10, the government Friday issued orders to ‘defer’ the formal opening of Darbar in Srinagar till June 15.

The decision has been taken given the extension of the lockdown period in the country up to May 3, 2020.

In its order no. 474-JK(GAD), dated 17-04-2020, the government citing lockdown extension, the recent spike in a number of Covid-19 cases and need for effective control as the reason to postpone the formal opening and said, “opening of the Darbar on 04-05-202, as ordered vide government order no 464-JK(GAD) of 2020 dated 10-04-202, may affect the COVID-19control efforts in the Union Territory.”

Modifying the order, the government order reads, “All officers assigned specific COVID-19 control tasks shall continue to function from their present location till further orders, to ensure that COVID-19 control efforts are not hampered on account of physical dislocation of officers/offices.”

However, as per the order, the Civil Secretariat at Srinagar shall start partial functioning on May 4, with the staff and officers on “as is where is” basis, that is those who have already been or likely to get relocated before that date.

Besides all administrative secretaries are directed to furnish the list of officials scheduled to work in Srinagar, “All Administrative Secretaries shall furnish the list of officers/staff who shall work from Srinagar and Jammu respectively to the General Administration Department by 21.04.2020,” reads the order and are also directed that “the concerned Administrative Secretaries and Head of Departments have been asked to assign work to officers, staff stationed at Srinagar, and Jammu accordingly for obtaining maximum efficiency and minimum disruption.”

“All Administrative Secretaries will put in place a robust online/electronic/ video conferencing/other communication modes at Jammu/Srinagar to ensure a virtual office at both the places,” reads the order.


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