October 24, 2020

Axing employees by amending Article 226(2) of J&K Civil Service Regulations, Unacceptable: Qayoom Wani

Srinagar: Reacting to Jammu and Kashmir’s decision to introduce certain substitutes in 226(2) Article of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Service Regulations, the Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Forum (JK CSF) and former President Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) on Friday termed it tantamount to axing the rights of the employees by making such kind of a unscientific amendment in the Article and said that it unacceptable to both the employees and as well as the society in general
In a statement issued here on Friday Wani said said this amendment which could retire an employee at the age of 48 years or at 22 years of completion of his service amounts to the situation that employees were now being used as ‘spare parts’ as part of use and throw policy as if they were commodities. Wani said, JKCSF expresses its serious concern and surprise over this ambiguous and vague amendment in the Article 226(2) and challenged the need of the amendment at all, saying that, in a democratic set up employees have to be a genuine voice but how come it can withstand and raise its voice in presence of such a scare.
“An employee of any grade is selected by a competent authority for a fixed period of time which is known to one and all. There are service rules already in place for performance, awards and disciplinary actions and promotions and demotions. One fails to understand what the need of this new amendment is or is it to bring a mental unease among the employees who are machinery of the public sector” Wani said.
“Employees run the administration from top to ground level in a team work, back home an employee has a self-respect linked with family, friends and the society. Terifiying them one or the other pretext will tell upon their social life” Wani added.
Wani said Jammu and Kashmir economy has sustained recurrent losses due to natural calamities, lockdowns, Pandemic and it is only the employees withstand the economic pressuresat a time when even tourism and horticulture is crippled, but let the government explain that if employees are put under mental trauma under the garb of forcible retirements to create fear-psychosis, then God forbid, what could be it’s impact on the survival of the people Jammu & Kashmir amid increasing financial stress. Wani said “JKCSF demands immediate revocation of the order of amendment in Article 226(2) of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Service Regulations to allow the employees to breathe in a free and fair atmosphere under the ordained service rules already in vogue.

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