The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday ordered the premature retirement of three officials of the Prison Department for their alleged involvement in corruption, anti-social activities, and underperformance. These officials conducted their duties in ways unbecoming of public servants and in violation of the established code of conduct, an official statement said. The exercise was conducted as part of a regular process of record scrutiny for officials, who cross benchmarks of age/service period in terms of Article 226(2) of J&K CSRs, it said. Out of the three, one was found involved in a serious criminal case and remained in custody for three years, besides gaining a bad public reputation, while another official was found to be a habitual violator of official channels of communication and has been found guilty of sending fake and frivolous complaints, misusing the RTI Act, and wasting the time of the High Court for which he was also fined with Rs.10,000 by the Court. Further, one official was involved in smuggling contraband substances inside the sub-jail at Reasi, it said. The performance of these employees was found unsatisfactory, and their continuation in government service was found to be against the public interest, the statement said. In the recent past, as part of its zero-tolerance policy towards corruption, various employees have been dismissed from service on account of official misconduct, after rigorously following departmental proceedings against them. Many such cases are under the scrutiny of the Empowered Committees constituted for the consideration of cases under Article 226(2) of J&K CSRs. Further, many employees have also been terminated from service on account of anti-national activities. Meanwhile, the government has also initiated several measures for the human resource development of its employees.
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