Srinagar: Expressing resentment over the termination of a teacher on charges of being allegedly involved in anti-national activities, Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) said the decision was autocratic and not democratic.
In a statement, a copy of which lies with Free Press Kashmir, the Amalgam President Fayaz Shabnum has described the decision as unilateral.
“It is a partial decision and biased too where an employee is dismissed from his service and not allowed to put his point across or clear his stand. Among the three pillars of democracy, one of the strongest is the judiciary in which the deprived lot entrust their faith and seek justice. But barring a person whom you have levelled with such a serious charge, to speak for his defense is criminal. As laid in the constitution of India, a convict can even reach out to the President of the Republic of India and appeal for justice. India being the largest democracy in the world confers this privilege to its citizens. But unfortunately, the decision seems more of an autocratic set-up rather democratic”, the statement read.
It further added: “Idrees has not only to fend for himself but the whole family, at this juncture and age where is he supposed to go and how shall he be able to win bread for himself and his family after having such stained career”.
EJAC makes a fervent appeal to the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to reconsider the decision and at least allow the culprit to speak in his defense before punishing him the brunt of which will be borne not only by him but by his entire family that is completely dependent on his job.
Pertinently the decision has sent shivers across the employees’ fraternity and people have started feeling insecure. It has left tongues wagging and hearts thumping and people fear least the agencies may concoct stories and people may be executed unheard. This, if left unchecked, will become precedence.
People say it is a situation like having “Sword of Damocles” hanging over their heads. Therefore it becomes all the more imperative for the current dispensation to come to the rescue of some innocent souls that have momentarily been targeted for no sin of theirs.
On May 1, an order issued by the General Administration Department for dismissal of Idrees Jan, read: “the Lieutenant Governor is satisfied after considering the facts and circumstances of the case and on the basis of the information available that his activities are such as to warrant his dismissal from service.”
It further states that Lieutenant Governor is satisfied under sub-clause (c) of the proviso to clause (2) of Article 311 of the Constitution of India that in the interest of the security of the State, it is not expedient to hold an enquiry in the case of Idrees Jan.
“Accordingly, the Lieutenant Governor hereby dismisses Idrees Jan, Teacher, Government Middle School, Kralpora, Kupwara from service, with immediate effect,” reads the order.