Srinagar, April 13, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the academics at the University of Kashmir have refused to perform duty during the so-called elections for a seat of Indian Parliament scheduled to be held in Srinagar on April 30.
Under intense pressure, the administration has now dispatched a letter to the District Election Officer of Srinagar seeking exemption of teaching faculty from the ballot duty, citing that teachers are busy.
The Registrar has also sought exemption of ten other officials, among about 400 sought for duty, including Assistant Registrar, Abid Hussain Qadri (in-charge Public Relations Officer) “engaged with ensuing University Council meeting”. Qadri is Personal Assistant of the Registrar.
For other officials, according to the letter, the reasons assigned by the administration for their exemption include health grounds, Physical disability, official assignments and gender (female).
“There are a number of teachers who are understood to have categorically stated that they don’t want to be part of the elections in any form,” an official, privy to the development, told mediamen, on the condition of anonymity. He said that some of them had even cited poll boycott announced by pro-liberation leaders.
At least 60 teachers, mostly assistant professors, have been sought by the Election Commission of India for poll duty, apart from 300 to 400 non-teaching staffers. The latest plea of exemption from poll duty by the university teachers is the first time that government officials in occupied Kashmir have officially pitched to remain at bay from the ballot duty.
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