Employees from Kashmir caught in Darbar Move limbo by their higher ups

Employees from Kashmir caught in Darbar Move limbo by their higher ups

By: Musaib Iqbal MK


Many Kashmiri government employees have reportedly told some news agencies that they have been directed to work from the Jammu secretariat during the winter months without issuing any formal order or providing them any accommodation in the winter capital.

These employees claimed that they have received these verbal instructions from the higher ups in the offices and they have no clue of how to get the accommodation in Jammu and how far they have to remain there.

According to the KNT in its news report quoting these government employees it has said in the report on Friday as follows.

Scores of employees who have been directed to start work from Jammu Secretariat have shown resentment and are in a dilemma what to do and how to accommodate themselves in Jammu.

Government recently asked over 100 employees to start work from Jammu. Besides the official order, there are reports that some heads of the Departments are asking employees to report in Jammu without issuing any formal orders.

A number of employees told news agency Kashmir News Trust that without issuing any formal orders, their bosses are directing them to report at Jammu. “We don’t know whether we will get any TA, HRA or DA and plus we don’t have any accommodation in Jammu and employees were forced to leave their government accommodations after Darbar Move practice was cancelled,” they said.

The employees who have been directed to start work from Jammu Civil Secretariat are from Civil Aviation Department, Cultural Department, Disaster Management, Forest, Ecology and Environment, Finance, GAD, Horticulture, Housing and Urban Development Department, Home Department, Higher Education, PHE, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, School Education, Transport, Tribal Affairs, PWD, Planning Development and Monitoring Department, Revenue, Animal Sheep Husbandry, ARI and Trainings Department, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Cooperative, Department of Mining, Estates, Floriculture, Parks and Gardens, Health and Medical Education, Hospitality and Protocol Department, Industries and Commerce, Information and Technology Department, Labour and Employment, Power Development Department, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Social Welfare, Skill Development, Department of Tourism and Youth Service and Sports.

The Jammu and Kashmir Government in June this year cancelled residential accommodations of government officials as part of ending the age-old practice of ‘darbar move’.

Employees allege that they are being asked to leave for Jammu without any assurance that they will get House Rent Allowance and travelling expenses. “Our Boss told us to leave for Jammu and work from there. Neither any written order has been issued in this regard nor have we been intimated about the perquisites we will be entitled for,” they said wishing anonymity.

The aggrieved employees sought intervention of LG Manoj Sinha and appealed to him to come up with a clear policy in this regard and stop heads of departments for forcing employees to leave for Jammu without any formal orders.

With KNT inputs

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