Dismissal of J&K government employeesDate: 17 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
The J&K administration led by the Lt. Governor has dismissed 11 employees of the state government from service.
The administration has accused them of participating in anti-national activities including hawala and terror support in the state.
Dismissing, removal or demotion of employees under the union or state government is dealt under Article 311 of the constitution.
The civil servant can only be removed after an enquiry has been conducted and they should be informed of the charges. They should also be given opportunity to give explanation.
The sub-clause also says that the President or the governor shall not be bound to follow these procedures in interests of the security of the state.
The section 126 of J&K also had exceptions for certain dismissal after giving enough protection to civil servants.
Charges for dismissal
Some of employees were accused of promoting ideology of Jamaat-e-Islami and other radical terrorist organization based in Pakistan.
Others were accused of harbouring terrorists, giving sensitive information of troop movements to terrorists and also hawala transactions.
Employees will have to challenge the decision in High Court of Jammu and Kashmir. Many employee unions have opposed the move.
This is not the first time employees were dismissed. Earlier too many employees were terminated for participating in anti-national activities.