Days after ‘Kashmir Vision’ carried several reports of how Kashmiri Pandit employees in various departments like education, CAPD and Social Welfare have been enjoying holidays for the past 18 months, the government took a tough stand and asked all its employees to join back at their respective places of postings.
The education department took a lead as the Directorate asked all its absent employees last week to resume their duties. Similarly, the Social Welfare and CAPD departments also issued circulars in this regard.
Now, the government asked them to join their duties within 15 days or face termination.
Pertinently, a group of migrant teachers on Thursday had staged a demonstration and threatened “mass resignations”, a day after they were asked to rejoin their duties in Kashmir within a week.
“I bring to their (KP migrant employees) notice that if they don’t join in Kashmir as per the notice period of 15 days, they will be terminated,” J&K Education Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari told reporters during a function in Jammu.
“We have to give more 3,000 jobs to KP migrant boys and girls. They are getting jobs to serve in Kashmir as a special dispensation under the PM’s special package,” he added.
“We urge these migrant employees to join their services at the Directorate of Education in Kashmir. I assure them that they will not be posted at places where there is a security threat,” Bukhari said.
The minister said that they cannot sit in Jammu and get salaries as the essence of the order to serve Kashmir will be defeated,” he added.
“They will be settled in Kashmir. Their security and housing is paramount. I promise them that I will ensure their security”, Bukhari said.
On July 27, the employees had staged the protest outside the relief and rehabilitation commissioner’s office at Canal Road in the heart of the winter capital under the banner of All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC).
The state government on July 26 had asked migrant employees, who left Kashmir in 2016 due to prolonged unrest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, to report to the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) within a week’s time.
On failure to do so, the authorities have threatened to take disciplinary action against them.