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‘Secretariat, other move offices open in Sgr, amid tight security’

The Civil Secretariat and other Move offices opened here on Monday after Darbar, the seat of governance shifted to summer capital Srinagar from Jammu.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, after her arrival at the Secretariat, inspected the ceremonial parade and received Guard-of-Honour by a contingent of J&K women Police.
CM was received by the council of her Ministers, Chief Secretary, B. B. Vyas, Director General of Police, Dr. Sheesh Pal Vaid, Administrative Secretaries, representatives of various employees’ unions and a large number of officers and employees of Civil Secretariat.
Sources told  that apart from normal arrangements, this time authorities have prepared a contingency plan to maintain law and order by deploying additional forces.
Sources said that additional closed-circuit television cameras have been made operational at important installations, including the secretariat, to maintain a close vigil. “We are aware about the situation in valley, so elaborate security arrangements have been made to maintain law and order,” one of the top officials of the police told
He said that police and paramilitary personnel in strength have been deployed in sensitive areas of Srinagar including Maisuma and near schools and colleges to prevent youth and students from staging anti-government protests.
Civil Secretariat, Raj Bhavan, and other move offices closed in Jammu on April 27. The government will function in Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, till late October and then move to Jammu the winter capital in the first week of November.
The roads around and leading to the Civil Secretariat, the seat of the government, were renovated for the re-opening of offices. Every year, the city gets a face-lift on the eve of re-opening of the Civil Secretariat and other move offices. Besides, the government offices and quarters have been renovated and the street lights are being restored.
Sources told  that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has passed instructions to the Chief Secretary to pass the directions to the security forces deployed in civil secretariat that the general public should not face any problems or be subjected to any other system for entry other than the one in vogue. “CM has asked the Chief Secretary to make sure the hassle fee entry of the general public,” sources said.
Meanwhile police said that surveillance in the areas and localities in the vicinity of the secretariat has been stepped up to check for any suspected elements and traffic diversions have also been enforced on the routes close to the winter capital.
The  correspondent informed that the Chief Minister did not hold the customary press conference on the re-opening of government offices here.
Meanwhile Director General of Police told  that all the security arrangements have been put in place for the smooth functioning of secretariat. “Security has been stepped up with additional deployment of forces in and around the secretariat. Nobody will be allowed to disrupt the functioning of civil secretariat,” he said and added that prohibitory orders have been imposed around secretariat.
It is to mention here that for Durbar move government every year spends over crores.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah had in past termed the shifting of the state capital between Jammu and Srinagar twice every year as waste of money, but had said no viable alternative to the arrangement has come to fore so far

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