The official panel headed by Principal Secretary Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary constituted to devise a comprehensive training policy for the officers of the J&K Administrative Service have submitted its report to the State Government. The panel had been mandated to devise a comprehensive training policy for the KAS officers linked to their promotion to various levels on the pattern of IAS officers. The committee has , among other things, recommended that training at various levels could be arranged through some premier Training Institutes like Centre for Good Governance Hyderabad, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi; National Institute of Financial Management, Faridabad; Administrative Staff College Hyderabad and some ten more leading institutes of the country. There are nearly another 17 institutes abroad with intent to impart the best available training to the KAS cadre in our State.
The Committee has also recommended training modules for promotion from Time scale to Selection Grade, then from selection grade to special scale and special scale to super time scale. The flexibility and promotion from one to the other cadre or grade is well delineated. Not only this, even during the training period, the assimilation levels, active participation and contribution by the trainees is proposed to be duly rewarded. The Committee, therefore, has proposed incentive measures like giving awards to the best trainee officers of each batch like the first prize of a gold medal and a cash reward of Rs. 1 lac. Silver medal and cash award of Rs.75000 for 2nd position and bronze medal and a cash award of Rs. 50000 for the third position. This however, is linked to the performance in the Combined Service (Main) examinations and marks secured in phases 1 and 2 of the training in the ratio of 70;30 . This is really a welcome move to be at par with other states taking lead in trainings and motivations in respect of its civil officers of the State ranks.
The members on the Committee were prominent and top senior experienced officers of the State. The process of implementation depending upon the level of acquiescing the recommendations by the Government and how much, is to be seen.