Citing ‘violation of the rules governing conduct of employees’ and for ‘questioning the sovereignty and integrity’ of India, services of twelve employees were terminated by the Jammu and Kashmir government, being the first such action since 1990. The government reportedly said that the expelled employees were either ‘instigated’ or a ‘part of’ the on-going protest in Jammu and Kashmir, that triggered after Indian military forces killed the Hizbul mujahideen militant Burhan Wani.
The Emplyees Joint Action Committee (EJAC), consisting of more than four lakh members, however, countered the government’s decision calling it ‘unjustified and one-sided’.
Earlier, in 1990, the state goveernment had dismissed five government employees, including the then Education Minister Akhtar, for ‘anti-national activities’, triggering a three month shutdown by the government workers.
Among the twelve employees, whom sources to Indian Express claim as lower-rung officials, two officials of the education department, one from public health engineering, and a revenue official.
The president of the employees union, Qayoom Wani asserted that they would fight against the government’s decion both legally and in organizational level.
The decison taken by the government came following the investigations of Jammu & Kashmir Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which has, a month ago, prepared the list of 150 government employees, allegedly involved in the anti-government protest.