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4 teachers terminated for ‘unauthorized absence’ in Kashmir

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Srinagar : The Jammu and Kashmir School Education Department has terminated the services of four teachers for their “unauthorized absence” from their legitimate duties. The Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) in a series of orders said that the employees were found absent unauthorizedly and their services were terminated. 

According to one of the DSEK orders, a teacher named Alka Tak, posted at middle school Moran Tangwari, Baramulla, remained unauthorizedly absent from her legitimate duties from 25th September 2015. “The teacher was provided enough opportunities to resume her duties, which she failed to do so; and the issue was placed before the designated committee in its meeting held on 07/06/2021,” the order read. 

The order further read that after examining the case, the committee decided to initiate a process for termination of her service for five years of continuous absence from her legitimate duties. “A show-cause notice was served to the absconding teacher in September-2021 wherein she was asked to explain as to why action was warranted,” the order read. 

According to the government order, the teacher replied to the notice in a weeks’ time and on its examination, it was found “unsatisfactory and unsubstantiated.” “Therefore, pursuant to the decision of the committee, the teacher is hereby removed from the service of the state in terms of Article 113 and Article 128 of J&K Civil Services Rules,” reads the government order. Similarly, three other teachers in three different orders were also removed from the services for remaining absent unauthorizedly. 

According to DESK order, Rubeena Kakroo, was appointed as teacher in the department in district cadre on 24-06-2009 for a probation period of two years and was posted at middle school, Pir Mohallah, Baramulla. After joining it was observed that the teacher is habitual of remaining unauthorizedly absent from her legitimate duties and used to go abroad without obtaining any prior permission from the competent authority, the order said. 

According to the DESK officials, “The CEO Baramulla enquired about the issue and reported that the teacher hardly attended her duties for 57 days in the institution, rest of period she remained unauthorizedly absent till 1st October 2011, and thereafter remained continuously absent from her legitimate duties.” The order further reads, “The teacher was provided enough opportunities to resume her duties followed by notice by the Directorate.

She responded to the notice and after examining her reply, it was found that her reply was unsatisfactory and unsubstantiated. The issue was placed before the Designated Committee who after examining the case deemed the teacher to be out of Government service and a formal termination order be issued.” Therefore, Rubeena Kakroo is hereby removed from government service in terms of Article 113 of J&K Civil Services Rules (Volume J) of 1956 read with Rule 30 (vii) of J&KCCA Rules 1956,” the order said. 

In the third-order issued by the DSEK, Waseem Gull, teacher at Boys Higher Secondary school,  Nunner in district Ganderbal remained unauthorizedly absent from duties 03rd March 2014.  The DSEK in its order said that the teacher was provided opportunity to resume his duties by the Drawing and Disbursing officer concerned on 30/08/2014 and charge-sheet by this office on 01/12/2020 but he did not respond.

The teacher was terminated for this unauthorizedly absence from his legitimate duties for more than five years’ action as warranted by the rules, said the order. In its fourth order, the DSEK said that teacher Ajay Bhat, posted at High School Dalwach in district Anantnag was appointed in the Department on 27th June 2018 and remained unauthorizedly absent from his legitimate duties from 09th March 2019 without completion of his probation period. 

A notice was served to him, where he was provided opportunities to resume his duties on 14th March 2019 followed by another notice served to him on 22nd May 2019. The teacher was issued a show-cause notice on 19th April 2021 which was followed by joint show-cause notice on 06th July 2021 but according to the officials, he did not respond to the notices nor presented himself before the Directorate. 

According to the officials, it indicates he is not interested to work in the Department more and remaining unauthorizedly absent from legitimate duties attracts action as warranted in terms of rules. 

The order read, “Absence without leave or after the end of leave involves loss of appointment.” Following the due procedure, “Ajay Bhat, teacher, High School Dalwach district Anantnag is removed from the service of the state in terms of Article 128 of J&K Civil Services Rules (Volume J) of 1956 and Rule 30(VII) of J&IKCCA rules 1956.”