Thursday, January 15, 2015

BJP petitions Governor against Govt’s attitude towards employees

GANGTOK, 15 Jan: The Sikkim-unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has petitioned the Governor, seeking his intervention in addressing what the BJP sees as “unconstitutional moves” of the State Government against government employees. In a memorandum through its Sikkim-unit president Palden Wangchuk Khangsarpa, the BJP has is “demanding immediate action against recent unconstitutional moves taken by the state Government”.
A press communiqué received from the Sikkim-BJP on Wednesday informs that first, the party “has taken exception” to the government diktat banning government servants from joining any association or forming any association, regardless of its objectives. This, the party argues is against the fundamental rights of citizens guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution of India [that states, “(1) All citizens shall have the right – (a) to freedom of speech and expression; (b) to assemble peaceably and without arms; (c) to form associations or unions; (d) to move freely throughout the territory of India”].
The party has further iterated its belief that the recent transfer of government teachers “is not a routine transfer but is politically motivated to victimize the teachers”.
“The transfers are based on the whims and fancies of SDF higher authorities who are often not in touch with ground realities,” the release states. “There are transfer orders for teachers who are already retired; in some cases the same teacher has been transferred to more than one place; in some instances the transfer orders are in the nicknames and personal names of teachers and not the names as officially recorded in their appointment letters,” the release contends.
The rationale given that excess teachers from urban areas have been transferred to rural areas is “a totally false statement” as more teachers have been transferred from rural areas to rural areas, the release states, while adding, “The claim that excess teachers have been transferred from one place to areas where there are less teachers is also false as in some schools there are now more teachers than required”.
The Sikkim-BJP stresses that the Sikkim Teachers Association stand to surrender their voter cards if the transfer orders are not revoked was a “serious one” and hence required the Governor to take recourse to special provisions in Article 371F (g) and “immediately” ask the Government to lift the ban on govt servants against forming or joining associations, withdraw the transfer orders of teachers and “make a ‘Transfer Policy for teachers’ to ensure the rights and benefits of both students and teachers alike”.

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