12 J&K govt workers sacked for ‘taking part in protests’

This is the first time in 26 years that the government has sacked its employees for “taking part” in protests.

Written by Basharaat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: October 21, 2016 4:39 pm

FOR THE first time since 1990, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday terminated the services of 12 employees for “questioning the sovereignty and integrity” of India and “violating the rules governing conduct of employees” in the state. According to the government, these employees either “instigated” or were “part of” the protests triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.

“The law has taken its course,” J&K government spokesman and Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar told The Indian Express. “These are only the worst cases”.

The Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC), which has over four lakh members, said the government action was “unjustified and one-sided”.

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This is the first time in 26 years that the government has sacked its employees for “taking part” in protests. In 1990, five government employees were dismissed for “anti-national” activities, triggering a three-month shutdown by government workers. Education Minister Akhtar was one of the five sacked in 1990.

While the government has not revealed the names of the employees, sources said they are lower-rung officials, and include two officials of the education department, one from public health engineering, and a revenue official. There is no gazetted officer in the list, according to these sources.

“This is unjustified,” said Qayoom Wani, president of the employees union. “How can you terminate somebody without an inquiry? How can you terminate someone without issuing a showcause notice,” he said.

Wani said the government order was arbitrary and they would fight it both “legally as well as at the organisational level”.

“It is a one-sided decision. You cannot act against an employee just on the basis of personal enmity or a police FIR. If the government had any complaint against these employees, they should have called them, listened to their side of the story. They could have suspended them pending an inquiry. It (termination) is like slitting their throats,” he said. “We stand behind these employees and will fight for them. This is a government attempt to harass the employees of the state”.

Meanwhile, the government has filed a caveat in court to prevent the workers from seeking a stay on its order.

The dismissal order followed a report by the J&K Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID). A month ago, the investigating agency of the state police had prepared a list of about 150 government employees, including some gazetted officers, who were allegedly “involved in protests”. This list was sent to the government for action.

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    Ram.Mohan
    Oct 21, 2016 at 12:45 am
    Under pressure from Brahmin Jokers Party
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      Robi Chakraborty
      Oct 21, 2016 at 12:33 pm
      This is just the beginning. I recommend more sacking
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        Amrita
        Oct 21, 2016 at 1:03 am
        Excellent move. Clean up is critical be it terror elements in their midst or government servants drawing government ries conveniently and not working but protesting government policy. The signal has to be firm and consistent.
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          Raj
          Oct 21, 2016 at 5:20 am
          Even I can go to Maharashtra and learn to speak Marathi - does that make me Maharasthrian? Or do I go to Uttar Pradesh and speak Khari Boli/Hindi and does that make me a North Indian? And Bengali and so forth - just because sections of Kashmir speaks Kashmiri, that does make them Kashmiri. Can someone define what is Kashmir and who is a Kashmiri? Do they have to look like something? Do they have to simply speak a language (then I can pick it up and due to my complexion, can be one too)? Does someone born there needs to be one? Then why don't a thousand pregnant women go there as tourists and end up having kids as Kashmiris? So the metric is flawed - a scientific study has to be undertaken between people who have issues to ascertain their migration trends.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;These people need to go back to the environments where they feel most comfortable in. No point trying to engage them. What's the point? If they don't believe in the Indian consution - then a conversation cannot even be started.
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            Raj
            Oct 21, 2016 at 4:51 am
            Finally, why are they working for the Indian government if they don't want to part of the Indian consution? I think the government of INdia should arrange for these people with a migration package of about 10 thousand dollars or something and let them migrate to whichever country they wish to migrate to. Because as far as I am aware, Islamic/Kashmiri ideny is a fairly recent one. Maybe 100 or 300 years at best. There have been older idenies in there like Buddhism and all that. So, really, they can migrate back to Afghanistan or go to stan or the US/UK (if they even want them at all, no one wants Kashmiris but India - stan) and the government should aid such people to leave the country, what's the point in keeping them against their wishes? I think migration is a key area to consider because during parion, there were m migrations - if India and stan can have 3 million or so migrants - I don't see what makes Kashmir that special that they can just sit on their butts and gift a country they wish to join land, rivers and all that. I am sorry - India / stan suffered from migrations, Kashmir must too suffer from migrations. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Whether you like it or not, India is all complete, and just for you it won't amend its consution. Every princely state like Rajasthan will need a referendum - you think a country like India will let this happen? You are dreaming. Best case, migrate to Afghanistan, as most muslim Kashmiris have roots in FATA (they are not Indians) and are migrants in the valley. I doubt America or the UK will want you, but you can try that too - just a note, you are poor, have poor education (no degrees) and have no skills other than picking apples and militancy. So get things into perspective. Only India tolerates this kinda thing. In America, you lot will be in Guantanamo by now.
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              Raj
              Oct 21, 2016 at 5:30 am
              Kashmiri mindset: Let someone else's son/daughter die for your ambitions, while you remain safe and emplo and keep earning. Build your own property and let someone's 13 year old son die. Someone else's son is always more easy to sacrifice than your own? These 12 workers better start sacrificing their own families from now on. They send their own sons/daughters abroad to study and keep other people's kids illiterate and let them throw their lives away in militancy.
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                Raj
                Oct 21, 2016 at 5:06 am
                There should be an actual study on how many generations of these separatist hotbeds have been in Kashmir. I have severe doubts over their origins, I think Kashmir witnessed migrations from Afghanistan and beyond for generations before the borders were sealed. And these are the people are disllusioned. They have to be repatriated to the countries of their origin. If you are Central Asian or Afghan - why are you in the Indus region? Worse, you want your own territory - but you are not Indian? Why not go back home where you will be in familiar surroundings? What's the point staying in a place that you don't consider as your own? Does not make sense at all.
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                  Chandra
                  Oct 21, 2016 at 4:17 am
                  Excellent move. Look at the heights of hypocrisy- these people are earning by working in Indian organisations and in turn they are protesting against their own govt. lt;br/gt;They are getting ries from the hard earned money of Indians.
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