IIOJK authorities issue order to victimize employees for affiliation with freedom movement

Srinagar, September 17 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities have issued a new order to victimize the government employees for their affiliation with the ongoing freedom movement.

As per the new order, a government employee will be terminated from the service and also become ineligible for promotion if he/she was found directly or indirectly involved in the ongoing freedom movement. The order also states that in case a government employee fails to report his/her relatives and acquaintances who might be directly or indirectly involved in anti-India and pro-freedom activities then even in such a scenario, the government employee will be held liable and could face termination.

At the outset, the government order says, “Every Government employee is mandatorily required to maintain absolute integrity, honesty and allegiance to the Union of India and its Constitution and do nothing which is unbecoming of a Government servant.”

As per the order a list of such employees will be prepared by the authorities from time to time. Consequently, the concerned administrative departments will take cognisance of such a list of employees and immediately report it to the General Administration Department of the territory. Such cases will then be forwarded to the Screening Committee of the territory constituted under the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Verification of Character & Antecedents) Instructions, 1997 for its final decision. Thereafter, in case such employees are due for promotion (Functional/ Non-functional), their cases shall be put on hold immediately.

On confirmation of the adverse report by the Screening Committee, further action will be taken against the adversely reported employee(s), which may include termination from Government services. The decision of the Screening Committee can be reviewed by the Review Committee, on reference to it by the Screening Committee or on the representation of any aggrieved employee(s).

Meanwhile, Communist Party of India Marxist leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, in a statement said the latest orders of the authorities regarding termination of a government employee from service and mandating vigilance clearance for getting passports were arbitrary decisions that are not good in a democracy. He said that the authoritarian orders are against the interests of the people of all the regions and communities. Tarigami added that instead of issuing such orders, the authorities must ensure that the rights of the people and their livelihood are protected.