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Pro-India political parties slam Kashmir administration over ‘arbitrary and dictatorial’ orders to govt employees

Most political parties backing Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday slammed the administration for invoking rules that they said are amid at targeting government employees.

National Conference denounced the latest vigilance clearance rules for JK employees, terming them arbitrary and dictatorial.

Calling the new set of rules with regards to JK employees an upfront against the rights and privileges of employees, NC leader Imran Nabi Dar said that the new government order is yet another set of arbitrary decisions that undermine the perception of natural justice, and basic human rights.

The latest order, he said, is another addition to the “laws of exception” being thrusted on people of JK. “There was no need to have such an order in the first place as the service rules of government employees are already guided by various laws. The new set of rules has tightened the juggernaut around the necks of JK employees pushing them towards a state of despondency. How can the employees work in such an atmosphere of suspicion? The dedication of our government employees is next to none in the country. The entire lot have been rendering their duties in the thick and thin of situations. Putting them under a cloud is not just unjust; it is highly disrespectful towards them,” he said

Demanding the roll-back of the latest rules, he said the order should be rolled-back in wake of the unwholesome consequences it will have on the work culture in government departments.

CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said that the latest orders of the Jammu and Kashmir administration that employee’s alleged involvement in militancy, subversion will lead to his termination and no passport will be given to employees till they get vigilance clearance are another set of arbitrary decisions, which needs to be reconsidered.

“A Government employee is a tool to implement policies of the government. If the same employee is made a suspect by doubting him and putting him in the basket of suspicion repeatedly, it will adversely affect his working and in turn affect overall functioning of the government,” he said.

The Jammu and Kashmir government employees would have to get a clearance from the vigilance department to acquire a passport from now on.

Sajjad Lone’s Peoples Conference too termed the recently issued government directive yet another diktat aimed at trampling upon the democratic rights of the people.

PC spokesperson Adnan Ashraf Mir said that the circular issued on September 16, this year, is nasty and objectionable, issued in a mad rush to hound the employee fraternity of Jammu and Kashmir.

In a legal jurisprudence, said the spokesperson, a person is liable and responsible only for his own sins and actions.

“One cannot be held responsible for someone else’s actions unless he is complicit, conniving or conspiring with him,” he said.

The General Administration Department has impressed upon all the heads of the administrative departments to “mandatorily obtain the latest vigilance clearance” in respect of an employee applying for a passport

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