DoPT allocates 189 posts of IAS, IPS, IFoS to J&K from AGMUT cadre

Strength of Pr Secys, Comm/Secys fixed

Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, Mar 10: The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) today amended All India Services (AIS) rules formally allocating 189 posts of IAS, IPS and IFoS of AGMUT cadre to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Three separate notifications to this effect were issued by the DoPT Ministry, headed by Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr Jitendra Singh, today.
The notifications allotted senior duty posts to Jammu & Kashmir under the Arunachal Pradesh Goa Mizoram Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre.
As per the notifications, 65 senior duty posts of AGMUT cadre have been allotted to Jammu and Kashmir in Indian Administrative Services, 70 in Indian Police Services and 58 in Indian Forest Services.
J&K will have one post of Chief Secretary, six Principal Secretaries, one Chairman Special Tribunal, one Principal Secretary to Governor, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), one Principal Resident Commissioner, nine Commissioner Secretaries, two Divisional Commissioners and 20 Deputy Commissioners among others.
Similarly, the posts of IPS and IFoS have also been mentioned separately in the DoPT notification. However, majority of the posts already existed in Jammu and Kashmir.
Dr Jitendra Singh said the amendments have brought Jammu and Kashmir at par with other States and Union Territories of the country.
Following amendments in the All India Services Rules, some powers of Jammu and Kashmir Government will also go to the DoPT like other States and UT in India. Earlier, such powers were vested with J&K Government.
Presently, a number of IAS and IPS officers from erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir cadre, now merged into AGMUT, are posted in Ladakh. Apart from them, officers of Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Services and Jammu and Kashmir Police services besides others are also deputed to Ladakh on deputation basis.
Besides, several officers of All India Services from different States and Centre have also been posted on deputation in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to overcome shortage of officers in the two Union Territories.
Presently, only 60 IAS and 64 IPS officers are part of Jammu and Kashmir including those on deputation to the Centre and Union Territory of Ladakh. The figures are apart from those who are on two to three years’ deputation to J&K and Ladakh to meet shortfall of the officers at top levels.
It may be mentioned here that the Central Government had already withdrawn Manmohan Singh-led UPA Government order under which Jammu and Kashmir had special provision of 50:50 officers in IPS, IFS and IFoS. As per this provision, out of total strength, 50 percent officers were direct IAS/IPS/IFoS officers while 50 percent were promoted from JKAS, JKPS and JKFS.
The Central Government had restored 67:33 ratio of the officers for All India Services and now 67 percent officers are direct recruits while 33 percent will come from promotion quota.
The 67:33 ratio was restored by the DoPT to bring Jammu and Kashmir at par with other States and Union Territories.