Not Imposing Nationalism But Order Not Wrong:Guv Stands By R-Day Diktat  

SRINAGAR — Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday asserted that the order, asking employees to be present at official R-Day functions,  is not something new or incorrect and it has been issued every year.

“This order is not wrong and I stand by that. And this is not a new thing. Every year, similar orders have been issued to government employees and such orders have been placed before me since 2009. There is no motive in imposing nationalism,” Malik told a news agency.

“Some parties have become defunct and they are using such issue by terming it communalism, nationalism, anti-nationalism,” the governor said and urged these parties not to indulge in such politics.   

The main R-Day functions is scheduled to be held at the University of Jammu where the Governor will take the salute. At Srinagar, the main function will take place at Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket Stadium, Sonawar here. 

The government on last Tuesday ordered its employees to attend main functions in Jammu and Srinagar on January 26 as part of their official duty and warned them over failure.   

 “Republic Day is an important national event celebrated on January 26 each year. It is the duty of every government servant to attend the function which commemorates an important turning point in the history of our Nation,” reads a circular issued by government. 

“All the officers and officials of the State Government stationed at Jammu and Srinagar are, therefore, enjoined upon to attend the functions of the Republic Day Celebration, 2019, at the University of Jammu and Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket Stadium, Sonawar, Srinagar respectively, as a part of their official duty,” it said. 

Failure to attend the function will be constructed as dereliction of duty and disobedience of Government instructions, it said, adding, “All the Administrative Secretaries, Heads of the Departments, Managing Directors/Chief Executives of the Public Sector Undertakings are requested to ensure that all officers/officials working under their administrative control, and stationed at Srinagar/Jammu, attend the function at their respective places.”  

Two days later, the governor administration asked all Deputy Commissioners, to ensure all the officers, officials and employees of their respective districts attend the 26 January function. 

In an order issued here, the government has asked the deputy commissioners to make all the necessary arrangements in their respective districts and ensure that the 26th January was celebrated in a “befitting manner.”  

“The seventieth republic day of our nation will be celebrated on the 26th January (Saturday) across the State with traditional fervor and gaiety. It is impressed upon all the Deputy Commissioners to make all the necessary arrangements in their respective Districts/Divisions/tehsils to ensure that the Republic Day 2019 (26th January) as be celebrated in a befitting manner(sic),” reads an order issued by the government. 

“It shall also be ensured that the officers/officials/ employees of their respective Districts, attend the function as a part of their official duty. Besides, invitation may be extended to the local representatives and the general public to participate in the Republic Day function,” it added. 


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