Jammu and Kashmir Government Wednesday announced the sacking of 63 civil servants as part of its efforts "to remove deadwood" from the administration.
At a presser in Srinagar, the Minister for Education Naeem Akhtar, who is also the State Government spokesman, said: "Out of the 63 officers whose services have been terminated, 25 involve trap cases by various anti-graft bodies, 11 include cases involving disproportionate assets and 27 are miscellaneous cases."
He said the decision to dispense with their services was taken by a high-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary.
The other members of the Committee, he said, included Principal secretary to the Chief Minister, Principal Secretary Home, Commissioner Secretary General Administration Department (GAD) and Secretary Law.
Akhtar said the sacking of these officers involves invoking of the existing clause of J&K Civil Services Rules (JKCSR), as per which the Government has to assess the performance of an officer/official after he/she completes 48 years of age or 22 years of service.
"By today's action the Government has just reiterated the essentiality of this clause," he said and added that performance review of the civil servants would be a permanent feature in administration and the services of the officers/officials whose performance is not up to the mark or who have integrity issues would be dispensed with.
This, he said, was a part of the larger process of infusing accountability and transparency in governance.
He said the Government will also strengthen State Accountability Commission (SAC) to ensure transparency at political levels.