Kashmir: Government directs departments to withhold salary of absentee employees

Salaries will not be paid to government employees from this month (August) if they do not attend office, an official in the divisional commissioner’s office has said.

The high-ranking official told Kashmir Reader that the divisional commissioner of Kashmir has issued a circular on Wednesday to all heads of departments to not release salary of employees who skip their duty.

All government offices have witnessed thin attendance since July 8 when popular militant Burhan Wani was killed.

“Our office has been monitoring the attendance every day since the situation became tense. Employees attending office are low in number. Because of this, commissioner sahab has issued the circular. We hope employees will turn up now,” the official said.

To boost the attendance, identity cards will be considered as curfew passes, the official said.

However, employees shall continue to be fearful as the government forces neither respect curfew passes nor consider identity cards as curfew passes. The pro-freedom leaders have also asked employees except hospital staff to not attend offices.

Attendance data of August 16 accessed by Kashmir Reader shows that Srinagar district has shown the lowest attendance in the Valley in government offices. Of the 50 government departments here, more than 20 have registered below 30 percent attendance. The higher education department has registered just 10 percent attendance while the handcrafts department, the electric division (2nd) and the irrigation department have witnessed zero, 33, and 22 percent, respectively.

In Ganderbal district, of the 38 departments 10 have shown less than 30 percent attendance. ITI Ganderbal, departments of Geology and Mining, Horticulture, Floriculture, and the Pollution Control Board have registered zero attendance. In government schools, the attendance was 13.75 percent on August 16.

In Budgam, the government schools, anganwadi centres and district minerals office have registered zero percent attendance. Curiously, the metrology department had 100 percent attendance.

In south Kashmiri’s Pulwama and Kulgam districts, 7 and 51 percent, respectively, was the attendance registered in the education department. In north Kashmir’s Kupwara and Baramulla districts, 20 percent attendance in private schools and 52 percent attendance in government schools was registered. Of 2600 employees, only 400 attended their duties in civil secretariat.





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