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Dismissal of J&K government employees

Date: 17 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The J&K administration led by the Lt. Governor has dismissed 11 employees of the state government from service.

 

Background

The administration has accused them of participating in anti-national activities including hawala and terror support in the state.

 

Details

  • 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.

 

Remedies available

  • 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.