SMP expresses shock over compulsory retirement of 63 Govt employees

Excelsior Correspondent

Officials of SMP interacting with media persons at Jammu on Monday.         -Excelsior/Rakesh
Officials of SMP interacting with media persons at Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

JAMMU, July 27: Social Movement Party (SMP) has expressed shock over the arbitrary and compulsory retirement of 63 Government employees by the J&K Government as it has flouted the Apex Court directions as well as basic principles of natural justice.
Addressing a press conference, National Secretary General of SMP Ashok Kumar Basotra alleged that the present PDP-BJP Coalition Government is working against the interests of the common masses as well as employees of the J&K State and this act of BJP-PDP Government is being questioned by common masses at large.
“The Constitution of India provides that the opportunity is a fundamental right of all the citizens of India, but the present Coalition Government is using the policy of “Hire and Fire” like the private companies in order to clear the road for their blue eyed incumbents to be promoted who are less competent as compared to these 63 persons thrown out stigmatizing as “Dead Wood” despite the fact that almost most of them are having outstanding APRs, and some of them have been recently promoted by the Government itself”, he added.
He stated that the material relied upon by the Government of J&K for said removal seems to be just hearsay and not the actual service records of the said 63 employees, and so, the orders passed against them are arbitrary and whimsical.
Basotra further expressed that while making appointments, the Government never fills the complete requisite reservation quota, rather there is always the backlog, but while removing, the Government has shown generosity in removing SC/ST employees out of the total 63 removed.
The action of the J&K Government is arbitrary, unconstitutional, malafide and without any material, whatsoever, just to get publicity only. The method seems to be pick and choose as the blue eyed big wings have been ignored and these 63 persons have been made scapegoat in this compulsory retirement, he alleged.
Among others present were Dayal Singh, Dheeraj Thapa, Ajit Kumar Vashishath, Hem Raj Phonsa, Des Raj Yadav, Abid Hussain, Parshotam Kumar, Dr Bodh Raj Bawa, Madhu Bala, Sarwan Kumar Kundal, Bansi Lal Chargotra, Jai Paul, Purshotama Kumari, Ajay Jagotra, Bharat Bhushan and Kanwarjeet Sethi.

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