People with 'anti-national' ties must be barred from receiving government contracts.
According to the J&K Administration
Following its action against employees “involved in activities prejudicial to the security of the state,” the Jammu and Kashmir administration intends to stifle contract and supply order allocation to individuals/firms with “links to anti-national elements” and “dubious antecedents.”
The move appears to be part of a series of “tough” administrative measures initiated by the union territory (UT) administration after the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Union government read down key provisions of Article 370 and divided the former state into two UTs on August 5, 2019.According to documents obtained by The Wire, the UT administration has directed top bureaucrats to devise mechanisms to ensure that individuals and firms with questionable antecedents and direct and indirect links to anti-national elements do not receive government contracts. “Taking serious note of the issue of some individuals and firms with dubious antecedents and direct and indirect links with anti-national elements receiving government contracts,” read minutes of a meeting held at the Civil Secretariat.The high-level meeting was presided over by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and attended by top bureaucrats such as chief secretary Arun Kumar Mehta, outgoing chief secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, and all administrative secretaries