Kashmir: 516 government employees manhandled in 2016

At least 43 government employees are manhandled by people every month in the state allegedly for not performing their duties.

While a few are beaten on the context of failing to deliver duties efficiently, some become victims of government’s policies.

Most among the victims are the lower rung government employees dealing with the public.

As per the statistics released by the Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, 43 cases of the manhandling of public servants are being reported every month in the state.

The statistics reveal that 516 cases of assault on public servants have been reported by the Crime Branch in the state during 2016.

The number is, however, lesser than that of the 2015, when 535 cases of manhandling of government employees were registered by the police.

Similarly in 2014, 536 cases related to the assault on government servants were registered in the office of Crime Branch in the state.

In government departments, the cases of manhandling of government employees are mostly being witnessed in the health department, where medicos posted both in urban and rural areas complain about it.

Recently, a doctor on duty at Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at SMHS hospital was assaulted by a police official, evoking strong resentment from the doctors.

Doctors’ body Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK) claims that doctors have become a soft target of people for which they blame the failure in the administration.

“We have seen that the attendants sometimes perform the job of a hospital staff, which annoys them. It is a failure in the entire system, and then doctors become the victim. We have raised our voice against it in the past as well,” DAK president, Dr Nisar –ul-Hassan said.
Similarly the incidents of assaults are common among the tax recovery officials from various departments including PHE, PDD, and telecommunication companies.

Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) claims that the lower rung officials of various departments have to bear the brunt for the “negligence” of various departments.

“Mostly the employees of PDD, PHE and CA&PD complain about such incidents. Mostly lower rung employees who are casual labourers have to deal with public. Often our employees from PDD are severely beaten even for a snag in a transformer,” said President EJAC, Abdul Qayoom Wani.

He said that the government fails to take the cognisance of such cases when reported by any employee.

Besides people, there have been multiple incidents when ministers had manhandled the government servant while discharging their duties.
Earlier in 2013, the former state’s Home Minister, Sajjad Kitchloo had allegedly assaulted Chief Executive Officer of Kishtwar Development Authority inside his office in Kishtwar.

Earlier, former minister Taj Mohi-ud-din’s guard had also beaten up a traffic constable in Srinagar who later had to face suspension after action was initiated against him.

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