While the administration of Jammu and Kashmir has ordered the relocation of Hindu employees from Kashmir to relatively safer places in the valley following a spike in targeted attacks by militants, the administration’s decision to put these orders in the public domain caused the concern of these employees. They believe that the public announcement of their assignments has put their lives in danger.
Although the Directorate of School Education later removed the ordinances from its website, they continue to be posted on the Department of Rural Development website.
Rural Development (Kashmir) Director Imam Din told The Sunday Express he was unaware orders were still online on the department’s website. “Are orders displayed on our website,” he asked. “Let me check first.”
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Over the past few days, the UT administration has moved hundreds of staff, appointed as part of the Prime Minister’s relief and rehabilitation plan, to ‘safer locations’ in Srinagar and other valley district headquarters. Under pressure to show compliance with administration guidelines to transfer these employees immediately, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Rural Development put these transfer orders on their websites.
With the orders indicating their new duty stations, Kashmiri Pandit employees say it has put their lives at risk, making them easy targets for militants. “Obviously this is a matter of concern for us in the kind of situation we are living in,” said Vikas Hangloo, an employee of Kashmiri Pandit. “Since yesterday, we have been seeing orders, with name and place of posting, circulating on WhatsApp. This has put us at risk. In fact, some political parties have also expressed concern about this.
Director of Education Tasduq Hussain Mir did not respond to repeated calls and messages for comment.
In Kashmir, the BJP called the decision to post the transfer orders online a “big security breach” and demanded action against government officials responsible for it. “Making the list public on social platforms is a serious security breach, as terrorists now have a clear idea of who is posted where,” J&K BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur said. “The government needs to take notice and find out who is making the new transfer lists public…at a time when targeted killings are taking place in the valley.”