The Jammu and Kashmir government has suspended a total of 37 employees, mostly teachers, for remaining allegedly absent from duty, officials said here today.
Among those suspended, 36 employees belong to Rajouri while one belongs to Samba.
"On the recommendations of a committee constituted for monitoring the work culture in government offices, deputy commissioner, Rajouri, FC Bhagat has suspended 36 officers and officials who were found unauthorisedly absent from duty in the district," a spokesman of the government said.
Most of these employees belong to the teaching fraternity of various government schools in the district, the spokesman added.
Bhagat has directed the controlling officers to conduct an enquiry and furnish a report along with specific recommendations for initiating further action against these officials.
District development commissioner of Samba RK Varma, who paid a surprise visit to the office of local municipal committee's executive officer, found an assistant absent from duty for two days following which he was placed under suspension and an enquiry was ordered, the spokesperson said.
Apart from these 37 officials, the District development commissioner of Rajouri has also withheld the pay dues of other employees, mostly teachers, who were also found absent from their duty, till they submit a satisfactory reply through their controlling officers, he said.
In another case, chief education officer Doda MA Rather has recommended suspension of at least 19 employees (teaching staff) of the school education department for dereliction for duties and unauthorised absence after his surprise visits to different schools, the spokesman said.