Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration is all set to improve 148-year old tradition and save a lot of money, by adopting paperless mode for Darbar move and only shifting crucial files in trucks from Jammu to Srinagar.
“As a part of bi-annual Darbar move, the offices are scheduled to close at the winter capital Jammu on April 30 and May 1 and will reopen in the summer capital of Srinagar on May 10,” an official told The Dispatch.
“For the first time only ten trucks will carry important records from Jammu to Srinagar while other will be shifted in digital mode,” he informed The Dispatch.
In this context, the circular was issued by Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Secretary, General Administrative Department (GAD), Last Monday. Accordingly, all the departments under the Darbar Move will be shifted to e-office by 15 April.
“For the first time the majority of records will be shifted digitally,” an official told The Dispatch.
“All administrative secretaries have been instructed to hand over the complete list of sensitive files which have not been digitally scanned so that the General Administrative Department (GAD) will make a comprehensive record by 15 April.
This time the government has made e-office a medium to make the Darbar move paperless. This will save the expenses incurred on shifting government records.
The transfer of the winter capital from Jammu to Srinagar will take place for the first time through the paperless mode. This will save about fifty crores in the treasury of the state government. Apart from this, there will be no possibility of loss of records in loading and unloading in trucks and buses.
According to official sources, this paperless will be held for the first time in the line of the tradition of the Darbar Move in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been going on since 1872.
The reason for this exercise was to escape the harsh winters of Kashmir and the hot summers of Jammu.
But the continuation of such an expensive exercise, that costs over 200 crores annually, today, when the weather can be compensated by efficient and modern environment control mechanism as air conditioning, heaters etc in both Jammu as well as Srinagar, is against reason and is questionable.
The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has recently ordered digitations of all files and public record to save the cost of transportation on the 10th of March.
This comes in the backdrop of a High Court judgment and widespread debate on the futility of the exercise.
The High Court had given its judgement on the subject while hearing a PIL on the subject last May.
The judgement gave a historical perspective of the biannual Durbar Move for which the capital is shifted from Jammu (winter capital) to Srinagar (summer capital) every six months.