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Darbar offices reopens amidst tight security, little theatrics

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Srinagar: The Darbar move offices formally re-opened here on Monday after a delay of nearly two months caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that has already claimed over 130 lives in the Union with more than eight thousand positive cases.

It was also for the first time in several decades, that the government organized a traditional folk music event, orchestrated by Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), to welcome the annual Darbar move. However the inaugural functions on the annual Darbar move, a routine, at the Civil Secretariat could not be organized while as media was also not allowed inside the Civil Secretariat to cover the event.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu today stressed on close monitoring of developmental works and their speedy execution, besides releasing of pending payments under various schemes on priority. The Lt Governor was chairing a high level meeting of Administrative Secretaries here at Civil Secretariat.

The meeting was attended by BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance department; Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education; Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor besides Administrative Secretaries of various departments.

LG directed the Administrative Secretaries to increase the field visits, with minimum one field visit every week to get first hand appraisal of the status of developmental works, expedite all the ongoing development works for their early completion and submit Utilization Certificates (UCs) of works done from time to time and earmarking half of the days for meeting public in the Secretariat / HoD offices and also earmark time for meeting public representatives.

He further directed the officials to release the pending payments under various schemes targetted for individual beneficiaries on priority, besides release of wages of contractual / daily wagers within one week’s period.

In view of the persistent demand of people for making available minor minerals, the Lt Governor asked the concerned officers to explore modalities for immediate short term mining permits at local levels to ensure that people do not suffer due to paucity of minor minerals.

He further emphasized on developing a robust mechanism for proper tracking of files to complement the government’s resolve of ensuring responsive and accountable government. He observed that the Government is committed to holistic development of the UT to meet the aspirations of the people of J&K and called for coordinated efforts at all levels of the administrative setup in this direction.

He also asked the Administrative Secretaries to take all the requisite measures for improving public delivery mechanism and continue working with dedication and zeal for the welfare of the public.

Meanwhile, Murmu also paid rich tributes to Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee on his Birth Anniversary and described him as a visionary leader who played an instrumental role in shaping Indian politics adding that J&K always had a special place in his thoughts. His exemplary contributions towards National Unity and development of India can never be forgotten, he added.