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Dismissal of employees sending wrong signal: Tarigami

Srinagar, Sept 23 (KMS): CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has said the summary dismissal of employees for affiliation with freedom movement in Jammu and Kashmir was sending a wrong signal to the workforce in the territory.

Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami in a statement in Srinagar, reacting to the administration’s decision to terminate six employees for suspected affiliation with freedom movement, urged the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir to afford the affected persons a hearing before taking a final decision.

“If at all, there are serious allegations against anybody, the procedure is laid down, which is to give them a notice, provide them an opportunity of being heard. That is the least which the government should do,” Tarigami said.

The sacked employees include Abdul Hamid Wani (teacher), Liyaqat Ali Kakroo (teacher), Jaffer Hussain Butt (constable), Showkat Ahmad Khan (constable), Muhammad Rafi Butt (a Junior Assistant in the Road & Building Department), and Tariq Mehmood Kohli (a Range Officer in the Forest Department).

The communist leader said the administration should also consider the impact of these summary dismissals on the general working and psyche of the employees.

“Virtually, it sends a message of creating fear among the larger sections of the employees and, I am afraid, it will impact the psyche and the working of the government employees adversely,” he said.

Tarigami said employees are the instruments of carrying forward the development and governance agenda.

“This is machinery and if this machinery is frightened or demoralised, it will affect the functioning of the government itself,” he added.

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