Expressing concern over termination and suspension of some government employees without conducting inquiry into the allegations leveled against them, Congress, Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) were among many political parties that accused PDP-BJP Coalition government of targeting employees merely on political lines.
Congress while terming the government action as political vendetta warned of serious consequences, “if government fails to revoke the suspension and termination order of the employees”.
Describing the step taken by government as unfortunate, JKPCC spokesperson said that Congress party is dismayed over this “anti- employee” attitude of government.
“This is a vicious campaign on the part of State government against its employees,” he said and asked government “not to hide its failure by shifting the blame on innocent employees, who have also been braving the brunt of unrest in the valley”.
He said State cannot take such a harsh step without conducting any proper inquiry into the allegations being leveled against the employees.
“There should be a thorough investigation and they (employees) should have every opportunity to defend their case,” he said, adding, “It was not expected of the government to be vengeful at a time when strenuous efforts were required to normalize the situations and bring the Kashmir valley out of the chaos.”
Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) president and MLA Khansahib, Hakim Mohammad Yasin Friday said that government has violated principles of natural justice by issuing “arbitrary, unilateral and inhuman decision” to sack employees for their alleged participation in pro-freedom protests during the ongoing uprising.
“The termination orders issued against government employees is arbitrary, unilateral and inhuman. Nobody can be condemned unheard,” he said.
“The order issued by the government is null and void in the eye of law. There was no inquiry against the allegations on which government has issued termination orders. Victim employees were not provided an opportunity to be heard,” he said.
He added that such orders were issued in 1986 and in 1990 when the State was under Governor’s rule.
“The elected government should not act like this,” he said.
He also urged government to defer the planned examinations of class 10 and class 12. “Instead of giving students concession, the government should defer the planned exams at least till January 2017 so that the students could compensate the loss they suffered,” he said.