Govt employees partaking in seditious activity likely to be exonerated

Govt employees partaking in seditious activity likely to be exonerated

Srinagar, Sept 30: If reports in a local daily are to be trusted, the coalition partners in Jammu and Kashmir are on different standing over over termination of services of employees who have participated in the recent past and still are participating in the ongoing protest agitation in the Valley.

In the past few days, media reports differing on actual numbers have claimed that lists have been prepared of people employed with various government departments who also took part in anti-national activity. The differing media reports have claimed that 150-500 people have been marked for sedition.

Sources said the government has decided to take harsh steps against some employees after sending warning them “not to be part of anti-India protests” in Kashmir and refrain from “fuelling” the unrest in the Valley.

“Recently a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary B R Sharma where it was decided to terminate employees who have been actively participating in anti-India protests and stone pelting without sending them any show-cause notices. It was decided that Cabinet will take the final call. But the PDP has opposed their termination at this stage while BJP wants that anti-national employees should be immediately sacked,” a senior government official said as quoted by ET.

“Directions have been passed to departmental heads of various departments to take further action against these employees. The list has been finalized but we are waiting for the final nod from the government,” the official said.

The J&K police in the last two months, have arrested over 200 employees, allegedly part of unrest. The termination of these employees has seemingly got delayed due to differences between the PDP and BJP according to an ET report.

Many of the 200 were lodged in various jails for weeks before being released on bail earlier this month.

Government has been pressurizing employees to attend their duties amid turmoil in Kashmir and has directed them several times to attend their duties forthwith or their salaries won’t be released. Despite that majority of employees have stayed away from their duties in view of the prevailing situation and offices witness minimal attendance of employees.

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