Following the latest focused killings of minorities by militants within the Valley, Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Ok Pandurang Pole on Wednesday stepped in to deal with considerations of migrant authorities staff, assuring them of security.
After visiting transit lodging for the migrant staff, Pole informed The Indian Specific that a few of them had raised considerations that “have been taken notice of”.
On Wednesday, The Indian Specific reported that the Divisional Commissioner had, on October 9, directed Deputy Commissioners of all 10 districts in Kashmir to make sure that migrant staff needn’t go away the Valley and that “whosoever can be absent shall be dealt as per Service Guidelines”.
Pole attributed the instructions with regard to presence of staff and within the minutes of the assembly to a “clerical error”, stating that the aim was safety and never punitive motion.
“The principle focus of the minutes of that assembly is on the safety of the workers however so far as presence of staff is worried, there are hardly any who’ve left. The difficulties that they’ve expressed are being addressed,” he mentioned. “A lot of the migrant staff are attending work. Some could also be on go away as a result of festivities [Navratri] and a few others go to Jammu round this time to drop off households and aged because the winter approaches right here.”
In response to authorities estimates, 3,841 migrant staff are presently posted in Kashmir.
Nevertheless, apprehensions stay amongst a number of authorities staff, who left for Jammu after the focused killings, over returning to the Valley.
Many are scared of risking their lives by returning to work within the Valley.
“I had deliberate to take go away just for Diwali. The worry of insufficient safety following the killings of minorities made me go away Kashmir in a rush. It isn’t like we’re evading work however the administration and the federal government haven’t made any concrete safety preparations for return,” mentioned a Kashmiri Pandit worker within the Training Division, who didn’t wish to be named.
Whereas the latest order has given rise to apprehensions about security, a number of staff, particularly these in decrease ranks, mentioned if motion is taken in opposition to them, they must select between quitting the job or returning with a relentless worry for all times.
Some mentioned a number of supervisors and District Growth Officers have given a timeline of every week or so to return to work. “Some supervisors are telling the workers from minority communities to return to work instantly. Some DDOs although have given the leeway of some extra days of go away earlier than such staff can return to work,” one other worker mentioned.
Divisional Commissioner Pole mentioned measures had been being taken over the considerations.
He mentioned some migrant households residing in privately employed lodging are involved for his or her security. “We now have informed them that building work for his or her lodging is being expedited and within the subsequent few days, they are going to be supplied with authorities lodging,” Pole mentioned.
A complete of 849 transit lodging are being constructed all through Kashmir, in response to the administration.
One other concern raised by the migrant staff, Pole mentioned, is that in households the place each the husband and spouse are employed, they’ve sought postings in the identical district. “That is additionally being taken up,” he mentioned.