Srinagar: The state government on Monday withdrew cases registered against the employees during their agitation for their demands in the past two years.
A government order said: “Whereas, in pursuance of instructions issued vide Circular No. 29-GAD of 2013 dated 28.092013 and Circular No. 30-GAD of 2013 dated 30.09.2013, the period of unauthorized absence of government employees instigating/participating in protests/strikes was treated as dies-non/break in service, besides invoking the provisions of Essential Services (Maintenance) Ordinance, 2001 (1944 A.D),
“Whereas, on the basis of the representations received from the employees’ unions/associations, the matter was placed before the Competent Authority who has decided to take a lenient view while treating such periods of unauthorized absence from duties of the government employees and also for withdrawal of the cases under the Essential Services (Maintenance) Ordinance, 2001 (1944 A.D), registered against them.
“Now, therefore, the following instructions are brought to the notice of all the concerned, for immediate compliance:
i) Treatment of the period of unauthorized absence from duties of the employees involved in instigation/participation in protests/strikes, during 2013-14, as leave whatever kind due to them.
ii) Revocation of cases registered under the provisions of Essential Services (Maintenance) Ordinance, 2001 (1944 A.D) against the government employees who participated in protests/strikes during 2013-14.”