Criticizing PDP-BJP alliance for sacking some state employees accused of leading protests in the ongoing unrest, the Kashmir-based business community Sunday termed the government decision in this regard as "vindictive" and "atrocious", stating that instead of healing wounds of people, the government was "inflicting miseries".
Terming the move as "illogical" and "illegal", the traders said the PDP-BJP alliance was "targeting poor employees for raising their voices against atrocities committed by the forces".
President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mushtaq Ahmad Wani said that the government's decision to sack poor employees is not only "vindictive" but also "atrocious".
"Kashmir is facing worst human crisis due to the prevailing situation and the incumbent government which boasts of believing in institution of dialogue is using every dirty trick to muzzle the genuine voices," he said.
"Sacking a watchman, gardener or guard won't solve the crisis, there is need to address the issue by accepting the ground reality and talk to all the stakeholders," President KCCI said adding that they are backing employees as they are part of society.
A gardener, a storekeeper, a fireman and a motorman are among the employees who were sacked by J&K Government earlier this week as part of its drive to oust the "anti-national" public servants from the State administration.
In first move of its kind by a civilian Government in J&K since 1980, the PDP-BJP Government dismissed 12 employees for "leading protests in their respective areas" during the ongoing pro-freedom uprising in Kashmir.
In 1986 and 1990, employees were also sacked on similar grounds, but at both the times State was under Governor Rule.