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News : The National Conference (NC) on Wednesday pitched for the continuation of ‘Darbar Move’ — the bi-annual shifting of capital in Jammu & Kashmir — just a day after the High Court termed it a “burden on the exchequer”.
- The J&K High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre and the Union Territory (UT) administration to take a final call on the continuation of the 148-year-old practice of shifting capitals annually between Srinagar and Jammu, “which burdens the exchequer”.
- Over 10,000 employees shift capital in J&K annually, a practice introduced in 1872 by a Dogra monarch to escape the harsh winters of the Kashmir Valley.
- J&K is not the only exception to have two capital cities. Recently, Andhra Pradesh has proposed to have three capital cities. Jammu and Srinagar are the nerve centres and have centrality in terms of history and topography.
- The practice of moving the secretariat between Jammu and Srinagar is a testimony to the complex history and tradition of J&K.