Alarmed by Covid surge, J&K defers half-yearly Darbar Move

In view of the sharp surge in the number of Covid-19 cases, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday deferred the half-yearly shifting of all major offices from Jammu to Srinagar, better known as the ‘Darbar Move’.

Darbar Move is the name given to the bi-annual shifting of the secretariat and all other government offices of Jammu and Kashmir from one capital city to another.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha posted on his official Twitter handle on Thursday, “In view of sharply rising cases of COVID in J&K, the Govt has taken few important decisions ensuring safety of employees.

“Darbar move deferred because of COVID. Secretariat to function in both #Srinagar & #Jammu. Office functioning not to be affected because of eOffice.”

The government also announced the cancellation of the ongoing Class X exams and postponement of ongoing Class XII exams for one month.

For the last one week, J&K has been witnessing a sharp surge in Covid cases, as the number of new infections has already crossed the 1,000-mark per day day. With the increase in new cases, the number of people dying because of the deadly virus is also showing an increase.