Govt. to excite special provisions for expulsion of public attendants

TNN Bureau. Updated: 7/31/2020 12:44:35 PM Politics

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Jammu, Jul 31: The Government of UT Jammu and Kashmir has decided to excite special provision of the Constitution of India in a major expansion, which confers powers for expulsion, removal and pruning in the rank of public servants without holding any inquiry but on the basis of relevant records and other indemnity evidence.
Article 311 of the Constitution of India confers powers on the Government for dismissal, removal or reduction in rank of persons employed in civil capacities under the Union or a State or Union Territory.
Moreover, Section 2(C) of the Article 311 states,“The clause regarding holding of inquiry before dismissal, removal or reduction in the rank of public servants shall not apply where the President of the Governor, as the case may be, is satisfied that in the interest of the security of the State, it is not expedient to hold such inquiry”.
Now, the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has decided to invoke the provision of Article 311(2)(c) of the Constitution of India and all the cases pending as on date will be decided as per this special provision.
For inspecting and recommending the cases under Article 311(2(c)) of the Constitution of India, the Government has constituted a committee headed by the Chief Secretary and comprised of Administrative Secretary, Home Department, Director General of Police, Administrative Secretary, General Administration Department, Additional Director General of Police CID and Administrative Secretary, Department of law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.
As per the Government order, the cases shall be referred by the Administrative Departments or Police Organization to the Home Department and on the receipt of such report, the Home Department will examine the case. Upon satisfaction that the case meets the requirements of Article 311(2)(c), the Home Department will place the case before the committee headed by the Chief Secretary.
“The recommendations in respect of such cases shall be supported by relevant records which may include a copy of the interrogation report and other collateral evidence to justify dispensing with the holding of an inquiry in the interest of security”, the Government said, adding “the Home Department shall place each case along with the recommendations of Additional Director General, CID J&K before the CS-headed Committee”.
Mentioning that the recommendations of the committee shall be processed by the Administrative Secretary, Home Department for orders of the competent authority in terms of Article 311(2)(c) of the Constitution of India, the Government said, “orders of dismissal shall be issued by the General Administration Department after the approval of the competent authority”.
“All pending cases will be decided under the new procedure and all the departments have been asked to seek the advice of the Home Department before deciding the period of suspension of Government employees whose dismissal orders are either quashed by the courts or who resume duty after detention”, the Government said, adding “the Home Department will also offer advice to all the departments in this regard”.
The Section 3 of Article 311 of the Constitution of India read: “If, in respect of any person, a question arises whether it is reasonably practicable to hold such inquiry as is referred to in Clause (2), the decision thereon of the authority empowered to dismiss or remove such person or to reduce him in rank shall be final”.
Sources privy to the discussions held before taking decision about invoking the provision of Article 311(2(c) of the Constitution of India said, “this step will go a long way in ensuring accountability in all the departments of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir”, adding “moreover, this step will help the Government whenever the decisions about dismissal or removal or reduction in rank of the public servants are challenged in the courts”.
Updated On 7/31/2020 12:45:47 PM


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