After directorate’s threat, absconding employees trickling back
Srinagar: Of the total 952 Kashmiri Pandit teachers appointed under the Prime Minister’s Package in different districts of Kashmir, 241 teachers have long left the Valley since the prolonged 2016 uprising, and are not reporting back.
The highest number of postings –559– of Pandit teachers were made in south Kashmir; 360 teachers were posted in Anantnag district alone — of which 160 have left the valley since the uprising. They have not come back to duties since then. Around 200 employees are working at their respective places of posting.
In Kulgam district, where 89 teachers have been posted, 55 teachers are working and 34 teachers have abandoned their jobs. Most of them are untraceable since March 2017.
Same is the position in Pulwama and Shopian districts. Sixty-four Kashmiri Hindu teachers were appointed in Pulwama disrict, out of which 34 have left their places since July ’16, while 30 are working. In Shopian district, 46 teachers are appointed, of whom 45 are performing their duties at their respective posts.
In central Kashmir, as many as 198 teachers have been posted, of whom 7 teachers are not reporting to their duties. The rest of 191 employees are performing their duties at their respective places of posting. In Srinagar district alone, 109 teachers have been posted but four of them have abandoned their posting places without furnishing any reasons.
In Ganderbal district, 25 Pandits are posted and 22 are on duty. Three are absconding since March ’17.
In north Kashmir, 195 teachers are posted and 5 are absent from their duties. Of these five, four are from Kupwara district.
Budgam and Bandipora districts are two districts where no one is absconding from duties.
Directorate of school education on July 27 in a notification said that such migrant employees who have left the valley and are away from their respective places of work are advised to report to the directorate within a week’s time from the date of publication of the notice failing which appropriate disciplinary action shall be initiated without further notice.
In response to this, the Pandit employees protested against the “unilateral decision” of DSEK, and said they won’t be joining duties till the government provides them adequate security.
Officials of the education department told Kashmir Reader that the teachers were now returning and reporting to the directorate of school education. “These employees were asked to join their services at the directorate of education in Kashmir. They were assured that they will not be posted at places where there is a security threat,” the official said.
The government has already allotted Rs 1230 lakhs as salaries for the financial year 2017-18, for disbursement of the various categories of the employees appointed under the PM’s employment package for Kashmiri migrant Hindus.