Continuing the 141-year-old practice, the state government's 'move offices,’ as they are known in local parlance, will shift to winter capital Jammu on November 4.
    
It has been ordered that the offices moving in camp will carry only 33 percent of the strength of staff in that particular office or with 10 officials whichever is minimum, officials said.
    
J-K SRTC has been asked to make available sufficient number of buses for transportation of Jammu-based employees on October 26 and 27 and Kashmir-based employees on November 2 and 3.
    
The police have also been directed to escort the employees' buses. The state government shifts its capital from Jammu to Srinagar in the first week of May every year and functions here for six months before moving back to Jammu along with volumes of records.
    
The century old practice was started by the Dogra Maharaja of the state Ranbir Singh in 1872 to escape the extreme weather conditions in Jammu during summers and in Srinagar during winters.
    
The practice continued even after Independence also so that people from both Jammu region and Kashmir valley have equal access to seat of power during the year.

(Agencies)

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