Officer who resigned over Indian govt’s treatment of Kashmiris asked to resume duty – World

An officer of the Administrative Service of India (IAS), who resigned in protest over the treatment of the Indian government to the people of occupied Kashmir, has been asked to resume the service until his resignation is accepted. The wire reported Thursday.

According to The wireKannan Gopinathan, who submitted his resignation on August 21, said: "This is not Yemen, this is not the 1970s, that one can deny basic rights to an entire people and nobody will say anything about it. 20 days have passed. since there has been a blockade in an entire region with all kinds of restrictions.

"I cannot remain silent about this, even if it means that I have to give up IAS to be able to speak freely and that is what I have done."

He said "he could not continue doing his job while he saw that bureaucratic machinery was being misused to restrict people's rights and freedoms, and that there was an" emergency "in place."

In addition, the IAS officer said that after deciding to resign, efforts were made to "discredit his opinion by saying he had charges of misconduct against him."

Quoting the Press Trust of India, the publication reported that Gopinathan received a notice from the department in which he had been sent, citing the rules of the personnel and training department that indicated that the resignation of a government official was effective after being accepted.

"Therefore, you are instructed to continue serving your assigned duties immediately, until a decision is made about your resignation," the notice said.

Gopinathan said PTI I was not aware of the warning.

The government of India, led by the Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata, decided on August 5 to repeal article 370 of the Indian constitution, which granted Kashmir the special status occupied. The government instituted a security blockade and a communications blackout to prevent violence. The repression is now on its 25th day.



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