Task Force Creation Frighteningly Draconian, Must Be Rolled Back, PC23 April 2021
Srinagar: Expressing serious concern over the recent government order about the creation of Task Force (TF) to terminate the employees without any inquiry, the Peoples Conference (PC) termed such an order traumatizing and humiliating for government employees in Jammu and Kashmir at large.Former Legislator and senior Peoples Conference (PC) Mohammad Khurshid Aalam said that the government employment is a basic source of livelihood for the majority of the people in the state and issuance of such orders will only snatch away such basic facilities from the conflict-torn masses. He said that there are already rules and regulations in place in the Civil Service Rules (CSR) of Jammu and Kashmir through which the erring officials could be brought to the book. In the past also, there have been numerous instances when action against the employees violating the CSR has been taken, he said adding the decision to create a task force and terminate a government employee without an inquiry looks frighteningly draconian and shocking. Aalam said that even the people who commit the heinous crimes are given an opportunity to defend themselves and present their case. 'But here, the scenario looks entirely different. The complainant, investigator as well as the executioner is the government. The accused has no say, no representation and no podium to defend him or her own self. Such orders only belittle the institutions of justice and fair play. Such actions would also create new fault lines between the government and the people and will turn the situation worrisome with each passing day,' PC leader said in his statement on Friday afternoon. Alam has demanded the immediate rollback of such order, underlining that there was no need to create a new set of rules when the existing ones are already well drafted, deliberated and demarcated. He appealed to the Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir to revoke the order so that confidence of the employees could be regained afresh and new bonds of trust and harmony could be achieved for Jammu and Kashmir's over all prosperity and development.