Winter Secretariat, ministers functioning actively in Srinagar
The Winter Secretariat in Srinagar is functioning actively, with state government ministers rotationally interacting with local residents to resolve their grievances.
Jammu and Kashmir's Minister for Higher Education Abdul Gani Malik and Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir are currently available to the public at the Winter Secretariat.
Local resident Mohammad Maqbool Yattoo said:"I have come here, as there are many problems in our village. We cannot go to Jammu and we come here in the hope that our small problems will be solved over here. If the employees at the low level do not work efficiently then we bring up the matter to the notice of the ministers and then the problem is solved. We have several problems related to roads, power, water and we have come here for the progress of our village."
Another resident Mohammad Amin said: "All the small problems of the locals get solved over here. If the winter secretariat does not open over here then the small issues of the people will not get solved. If they have to go to Jammu then they have to bear heavy transportation costs and the poor cannot afford accommodation for themselves. The government which has decided to open winter secretariat over here is beneficial for the poor."
Malik said: "A minister is specially stationed over here so that he keeps a check on the administration and during winters situation is extra-ordinary. There are many issues, which are dealt with, and meetings of the administration are organised which provide a help to solve the issues of the locals. There are many individual issues and they put forward there problems. We conduct a probe and they are benefited."
The annual movement of offices and officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Government, also known as the 'Darbar' (Secretariat) shifts from summer capital Srinagar to winter capital Jammu amid tight security.
The civil secretariat of the state government functions in the summer capital Srinagar for six months and moves to Jammu with the onset of winter.
The bi-annual practice of ' Darbar' (Secretariat) move between the two capital cities of the state, Srinagar and Jammu, has been inherited from the Dogra rule, which dates back to the 19th century.