Srinagar, Jul 08 : In a bizarre development, scores of teaching and non-teaching staff of the School Education Department have been on un-authorized absence from duties for the past many years.
The news agency has learnt that as many as 43 teaching and non-teaching staff in the department were unauthorizedly absent from their duties for the past many years.
Ironically, in some of the cases, some teachers have been unauthorizedly absent for more than a decade.
In an official communiqué by the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) has said that several notices were served by the department and Drawing and Disbursing officer (DDO) and Chief Education Officers (CEOs) concerned to these officials to explain their position for remaining unauthorizedly absent from their legitimate duties.
“However, they did not evoke any response in writing or in person from these officials indicating their unwillingness to continue in the department,” it reads.
The government also said that for remaining unauthorizedly and continuously absent from legitimate duties by government servant attracts action as warranted in terms of Article 128 and 113 of JKCSR Vol-I of 1956.
Article 128 reads that “Absence without leave or after the end of leave involves loss of appointment,” and Article 113 reads, “After five years of continuous absence on leave, an officer is considered to be out of state-employee.”
The government said that the officials are asked to explain as to why action as warranted under Article-128 and Article-113 of JKCSR Vol-I of 1956 shall not be taken against them.
“The officials shall present themselves before DSEK along with written statement of defense within a period of 15 days from the date of issuance of the notice, failing which it shall be construed that they have nothing to say in their defense and action as warranted under relevant rules shall be initiated against them without any further notice,” the government said (KNO)