After IPS, decks almost cleared for induction of 24 JKAS officers into IAS

All queries replied by JK UT administration
Names finalized, beneficiaries belong to 1999 batch
Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, Oct 3: After induction of 27 JKPS officers into IPS last week, decks have almost been cleared for induction of 24 JKAS officers into IAS with all queries by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) and Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) replied by the Jammu and Kashmir administration and a meeting expected to take place soon.
“The exercise for induction of 24 JKAS officers into IAS is being given final touch by the General Administration Department (GAD). Various meetings have taken place. The names have been finalized. All queries pertaining to officers by the UPSC and DoPT have been replied with,” officials told the Excelsior.
They said a meeting is now expected to take place in New Delhi shortly.
This will be for the second year in a row that JKAS officers will get inducted into IAS. On August 4, 2022, 16 JKAS officers were inducted into IAS. A total of 28 JKAS officers were cleared for induction on July 8, 2022 but 11 of them were later dropped as eight had retired from the services, two refused induction and one had died while fate of another was kept in sealed cover.
Eleven posts were later declared vacant while 13 posts were available for inductions taking total count of vacancies to 24 which will be filled up once the UPSC and DoPT in their meeting with the UT administration give final nod for inductions.
All JKAS officers tipped for induction into IAS belonged to 1999 batch, the officials said.
There were a total of 41 posts pending for induction of JKAS officers into IAS, sources said, adding all posts will be filled up after induction of 24 JKAS officers.
“One post is still under dispute as fate of a JKAS officer has been in a sealed cover as he was facing an inquiry,” the officials said.
The inductions, as per the officials, will help Jammu and Kashmir overcome shortage of the IAS officers. Further, the vacancies in middle rank IAS officers will be filled up.
Induction of JKAS officers into IAS hadn’t been carried out for last nearly 12 years because of seniority disputes, legal hurdles etc.
The 1999 JKAS batch of officers had to wait for 23 long years for their induction into the IAS, the officials said. The Government now proposed to make it a regular feature every year so that the JKAS officers are timely inducted into the IAS like other States and Union Territories and not after 12 years as was the case earlier in Jammu and Kashmir.
Besides benefiting the JKAS officers, their induction into IAS will also help the Jammu and Kashmir Government to fill some vacancies in the Union Territory. It may be mentioned here that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has deployed several officers of All India Services on two to three years deputation in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh due to shortage of the IAS officers.
Sources said the JKAS officers being inducted into the IAS, will get AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Territories) cadre.
The 1999 batch of JKAS officers are major beneficiary of inductions. However, at the same time, decks have been cleared for inductions of next batches of JKAS officers also at the later stage.
Presently, a number of All India Services (AIS) officers have been posted in Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh after erstwhile State became part of AGMUT cadre following abrogation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh on August 5, 2019 by the Central Government.
However, at the same time, many officers of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir cadre have also been posted outside or have proceeded on the Central deputation.