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J&K govt shifts 'durbar' to Jammu

November 01, 2008 14:50 IST

All government offices were closed in Srinagar [Images] on Saturday as part of the biennial 'Durbar Move' practice in Jammu and Kashmir [Images] and will reopen in winter capital Jammu on November 10.

While the civil secretariat offices closed on Friday, rest of the offices moving to Jammu for the six months of winter period closed today, official sources said.

The offices will now open in Jammu on November 10, the sources said.

'Durbar Move' is a practice started by Dogra Maharajas of the state in late nineteenth century as per which the state government functions in Srinagar for six summer months and in Jammu for the rest of the winter period.

Tens of thousands of files are shifted from one capital to the other as part of the practice while more than one lakh employees also shift base during the move period.

Meanwhile, with onset of winter, the school and office timings in Kashmir valley have been changed from Saturday.
The school timing in the Kashmir division (winter zone) will be from 11 am to 4 pm from Saturday, Director school Education Kashmir Shugafta Parveen said in a statement.

While, the government office timing will be from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm from Saturday.

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