26 KP Employees Served Notice For Unauthorized Absence

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Srinagar: The authorities in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district have issued show cause notice to at least 26 Kashmiri Pandit employees, who fled from the Valley following a spate of civilian killings last month.

According to an order issued on Thursday by the District social welfare officer (Anantnag), 26 Kashmiri Pandit employees absent from duties for over a month have been asked to resume duties or face action as warranted under rules. The 26 employees, including six women working as junior assistants, orderly and social workers, have been asked to explain their position over absence from duties.

“Whereas you have been found unauthorizedly absent from your legitimate duties. Whereas this office tried to contact you telephonically and by other media but you didn’t bother to resume your duties and you failed to join back to your duties,” reads the order.

It also adds that the unauthorized absence has hampered the office work both at district as well as subordinate offices due to which poor beneficiaries and common people are badly suffering

“Now, therefore keeping all the above facts in consideration you are hereby directed to resume your duties within two days and explain your position failing which action as warranted under rules shall be initiated against you,” reads the order.

Pertinently, hundreds of migrant employees and Kashmiri Pandit employees left Valley last month following a spate of targeted killings.

In the last month, 20 militants, 12 soldiers and 13 civilians were killed in different militancy related incidents, including encounters and targeted killings.

The killing of 13 civilians in a month, most of them non-locals, is the highest death toll in the last two years and the fourth-highest since 2012.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is special correspondent with Kashmir Observer and tweets @AuqibJaveed

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