J&K saved Rs 200 cr annually by ending Darbar Move practice: CS

‘Disposal rate of files reached 90 pc’

JAMMU, Dec 25: The Government decision to end the years long Darbar Move practice in Jammu and Kashmir has resulted into savings of around Rs 200 crore annually and increased disposal rate of the files to 90 percent.

This was revealed by Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta in an interview to a national news channel.

“Ending the centuries old practice of Darbar Move in Jammu and Kashmir has not just saved Rs 200 crore annually but also took disposal rate of files to 90 percent as the Government has switched over to e-file system barring those concerning security of the country as well as the Union Territory,” he said.

Dr Mehta said the end to Darbar Move tradition has significantly improved governance efficiency as the files are now being easily tracked.

It may be mentioned here that Darbar Move was a 149-year-old biannual with Civil Secretariat functioning for six months of summer in Srinagar and six months of winter in Jammu.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha ended the Darbar Move practice and now the Civil Secretariat is functioning for full year in both Jammu and Srinagar.

“Jammu and Kashmir has now completely switched over to e-file and, therefore, the Government officials are not bound by a location anymore,” the Chief Secretary said.

He asserted that with the end of Darbar Move from Jammu to Srinagar and vice versa, the staff don’t need to move physically as all the files are in e-mode.

However, he maintained that files concerning security of the country and Jammu and Kashmir are not kept in digital mode. Rest all files are now in e-mode.

Quoting an exercise conducted by the administration of Jammu and Kashmir, he said it revealed that disposal rate of the files has reached 90 percent which has improved efficiency and is also beneficial for the people of the Union Territory.

Asserting that nearly two months used to be lost during Darbar Move between two capital cities earlier, Dr Mehta said not only the Government has saved Rs 200 crore annually but misplacing of files which was also a problem has ended. Now, the files are easily traceable, he added.

He also referred to the implementation of Budget Estimation, Allocation & Monitoring System (BEAMS) which has resulted into complete transparency. The system is linked to the treasury and funds are released Online, he said, adding that works are being executed only after e-tendering and other administrative clearances.

“The funds can be released after proper physical verification of works and if they meet all the stated prerequisites which makes out entire process accountable and transparent.

This way, our costs have also come down by 30 percent,” the Chief Secretary said.

He added that number of developmental projects completed in Jammu and Kashmir have gone up to 21,943 in the financial year 2020-21, from 9,229 in 2018-19. In the implementation of Prime Minister’s Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Jammu and Kashmir is at number 3 in the country now,” he said. As many as 3,500 km of roads were constructed in 2021-22.

He disclosed that 10,000 recruitments have been completed in the Government jobs in the recent months by the UT administration in a transparent manner and on merit. The administration had advertised 20,000 posts, of which 10,831 selections were made.

The UT has also started other Online systems such as land records information system, through which citizens can access their land records anytime, and the Empowerment Portal in which citizens can track development efforts being implemented in their areas online.