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J&K govt re-opens Darbar Move offices, personnel to work on ‘as is where is’ basis

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First Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Girish Chandra Murmu, inspects the guard of honour on the first day of the re-opening of the Civil Secretariat following the annual 'Darbar Move', in Jammu. | PTI
First Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Girish Chandra Murmu, inspects the guard of honour on the first day of the re-opening of the Civil Secretariat following the annual ‘Darbar Move’, in Jammu last year. | PTI File Photo


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Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday ordered the formal opening of the annual Darbar Move offices in summer capital Srinagar on May 4 but employees shall work on “as is where is” basis.

The practice of ‘Darbar Move’ under which the government functions in Jammu during the six months of winter and in Srinagar during the summer was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872 to escape extreme the weather conditions in the two regions.

In view of the extraordinary circumstances due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Civil Secretariat at Jammu shall continue to remain functional and the Move employees shall work on “as is where is” basis i.e. Kashmir-based staff shall work from Srinagar and Jammu-based from Jammu, the order issued by the General Administrative department (GAD) said.

Further, Move offices outside the Civil Secretariat shall also continue to remain functional in Jammu and Srinagar, as per the aforementioned mechanism.

“Administrative Secretaries shall make necessary arrangements to ensure the functionality in their respective departments, both at Srinagar and Jammu,” the order said, adding that similar arrangements shall be put in place by the Heads of the Departments observing Darbar Move.

The Civil Secretariat Treasury and J&K Bank Moving Branch at Civil Secretariat shall be functional at both the places within the Civil Secretariat at Jammu and Srinagar. The Finance Department shall put in place a suitable mechanism for the purpose, it said.

The order said that the dispensary of the Civil Secretariat shall remain functional at both the places within the Civil Secretariat. “The Health & Medical Education Department shall put in place a suitable mechanism for the purpose,” it added.

The order said that the Move-based employees of Kashmir Division, who are required to move to Srinagar on account of Darbar Move on 25th and 26th April 2020, shall be provided transportation facility by the JKRTC. “Such employees shall provide their particulars to the General Administration Department for issuance of appropriate passes, if required, for movement on the national highway,” it said.

Further, the Estates Department shall provide accommodation to the officers and officials, as per the requirement.

Whereas, the Move employees shall be entitled to use of ration card at one place i.e. either at Jammu or in Srinagar only as per his and her convenience, for which the Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs shall facilitate surrender and reissue of ration cards, the order said.

The Srinagar Municipal Corporation shall carry out extensive sanitation and fumigation drives in the Civil Secretariat, other Move offices and the residential colonies along with the hotels, in which accommodation is provided to the employees, before the opening of offices at Srinagar on 04 May, 2020, the order said. “Director Estates shall provide the list of the residential colonies and hotels to the Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation for the purpose.”

The office timing of Civil Secretariat at Jammu and Srinagar shall be from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and for offices of all Heads of the Departments located outside the Civil Secretariat and observing six days a week shall be 10 am to 4:30 pm, the order said.

“The above arrangement shall be reviewed after assessing the extent and spread of Covid-19 after 15 June 2020,” it added.


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Andhra doctor, suspended for alleging PPE shortage, now beaten by cops for ‘creating nuisance’

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Bengaluru: A doctor with a government hospital in Andhra Pradesh, who was suspended for questioning the shortage of PPE kits, was admitted to a mental health facility Sunday, a day after he was allegedly manhandled by the police and arrested for creating nuisance in Visakhapatnam.

Dr Sudhakar Rao, a government civil surgeon, was beaten, his hands tied behind his back and dragged by police officers Sunday. During the incident, Sudhakar allegedly verbally abused the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in an inebriated state. Videos of the incident have since been widely shared online.

“The police control room received a call about a person creating nuisance on Beach Road Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The Fourth Town police was rushed there and found that the person was the suspended doctor, Sudhakar.

“When the police tried to control him, he snatched the mobile phone of an officer and threw it away. He is suffering from mental disorder and he was drunk. He was sent for a medical examination,” Vishakapatnam Police Commissioner R.K. Meena told the media Sunday.

Sudhakar was admitted to a mental hospital Sunday after doctors at the King George Hospital in Vishakapatnam said he suffered from anxiety.

“Since the doctor is in anxiety and talking irrelevant things, I have referred him to a mental care hospital in Visakhapatnam,” said Dr Radha Rani, medical superintendent, King George Hospital.

A statement released by the hospital said: “Dr Sudhakar was brought to the KGH casualty ward at 6.30 pm. From the smell, it was found that he was in a drunk condition. Under the influence of alcohol, he did not cooperate with anybody there and kept abusing all. Still, his pulse, BP were checked. Pulse was 98, BP 140/100. Blood samples were sent to forensic lab to ascertain alcohol content in his blood.”


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‘Treatment towards Sudhakar was inhuman’

Sudhakar, who spent more than 10 years at the Narsipatnam Government Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, was suspended from his duties in March after he openly criticised the Reddy government for failing to provide PPE kits and N95 masks to doctors treating Covid-19 patients.

He had alleged that the state government was giving N95 masks and PPE kits meant for doctors to politicians and the police.

A video of Sudhakar criticising the government was also shared widely. In the clip, he can be heard saying: “We are putting our lives at risk here. We are asked to use the same mask for 15 days and a fresh mask will be provided only twice a month.”

Speaking to ThePrint, Dr P. Gangadhar Rao, member of the National COVID Committee of the Indian Medical Association, said the manner in which Sudhakar was manhandled by the police was “inhuman” and “violated” human rights.

“We strongly condemn the way he was taken into custody. He was not carrying a weapon, he was alone, the number of policemen outnumbered him. Why treat him like that? We also saw a video where a policeman beats him with a lathi,” said Dr Gangadhar.

He added that Rao was one of the most experienced anaesthetists the Andhra Pradesh government had.

“Our next step of action is to get Sudhakar to write an unconditional apology for having used filthy language, abusing the chief minister and the government. We will then take our appeal to the CM seeking that he be reinstated,” Gangadhar said.


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