Jammu: The division bench of J&K High Court on Friday put a blanket ban on private practice being done by government teachers and doctors in the state. The court passed this judgment while hearing the Public Interest Litigations (PIL) filed by the Vichar Kranti International and others.

The bench comprising Chief Justice FM Ibrahim and Justice Virender Singh scraped the circular released by the state government regarding private practices on the 11 August 2005.

According to the circular, teachers and doctors can engage themselves in private practices as self-employment or part-time employment. The teachers are allowed for taking classes two hours before and after duration of schools in private coaching centres. Doctors can also do private practice, said the circular.

P N Raina and J A Hamal, counsels of Vichar Kranti International, said, “According to the the J&K Government Employees Act 1971, the government employees are prohibited to work in other private organizations.

In spite of the prohibition, the government has allowed doctors to practice privately and teachers to give private tuitions.

The bench stated that the government is making rules according to its whims and fancies and has permitted employees to work in private institutions as part-time.