Jammu and Kashmir government plans to seek services of army and paramilitary forces to maintain supply of essential services in the state in the wake of the ongoing employees strike which entered its 11th day on Tuesday.
"In case the government, at any stage, feels necessary, it will also obtain the support of the army and paramilitary forces in maintaining essential services," the government said in response to the directions passed by the High Court on a PIL last Friday.
Advocate Bashir Ahmad Dar and Advocate Reyaz Ahmad Khan filed the Public Interest Litigation seeking directions to the state government for ensuring smooth functioning of schools, colleges and other educational institutions.
In the 20-page response filed by Deputy Secretary to government, General Administration Department, Feroze Ahmad Sheikh yesterday, the state government gave details of the steps taken by it in maintaining essential services, including education, health care and food supplies.
It also gave details of the action initiated by the government against striking employees.
The Division Bench of the court comprising Justices Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain and Muzaffar Attar, however, observed that the issues raised in the present petition were not properly replied.
"Though some reports from the government functionaries like Principal Secretary to Government Medical Education Department, Principals of Medical Colleges at Jammu and Srinagar, and Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu have been placed on file but on three main issues we find further response of the government is required which are health care, education and supply of essential commodities like ration etc," the bench observed.