Ladakh Cadre Services in final stage of creation, MHA to notify it shortly

Posts identified in all Deptts, forwarded to Centre

*JKAS, JKPS officers to be sent back gradually

Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, Nov 20: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) are shortly expected to finalize rules for Ladakh Cadre Services followed by recruitment of the posts after which presence of JKAS, JKPS officers etc will be thinned and gradually reduced to zero.
Officials told the EXCELSIOR that the UT administration has already obtained requirement from all Government departments in the Union Territory of Ladakh for cadre posts and other Gazetted Officers and provided entire information required by the MHA and UPSC.
“After several communications between UT administration and MHA and UPSC, the finalization of Ladakh Cadre Service and rules thereof are in final stage. The Ladakh Cadre is expected to be a reality shortly,” the officials said.
They added that the cadre as well as other Gazetted Officers’ posts have been identified in all Departments and other places of postings in the Union Territory and as soon as the rules are released by the MHA and UPSC, the process of recruitment will start.
The youth of Ladakh will be major beneficiaries of the Cadre services.
Presently, a number of JKAS, JKPS and other Gazetted Officers from Jammu and Kashmir are posted on deputation in Ladakh. The arrangement was done after Ladakh was separated from Jammu and Kashmir and made a Union Territory on August 5, 2019 to overcome shortage of officers there.
Apart from JKAS and JKPS etc, the officers from All India Services including IAS and IPS have also been posted in Ladakh from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and AGMUT cadre.
“With Ladakh Cadre Services scheduled to come into effect shortly, the JKAS and JKPS officers can return to their parent UT of J&K,” the officials said but added that they will have to wait till Ladakh gets its full strength.
As per the officials, the UT can release salaries only for the officials of sanctioned strength of Cadre and other Gazetted officers. When Ladakh gets its full strength of UT cadre officers, they will not require JKAS and JKPS officers.
In the recent past, Ladakh has filled up large number of non-Gazetted officers posts in different departments.
Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were part of erstwhile State of J&K but were bifurcated into two Union Territories on August 5, 2019 by the Central Government when special status of the State were also abrogated.
Presently, a number of senior IAS and IPS officers, who were part of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir cadre, are holding posts in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs have also been conducting an exercise for creation of separate cadre for Ladakh (within AGMUT cadre) so that officers of All India Services can be deputed direct to the UT.
Already, some IAS officers have been deputed to Ladakh by the Home Ministry to overcome shortage of the officers.
Sources said the All India Services officers are reluctant to get posting in Ladakh due to harsh weather conditions and lack of adequate facilities as compared to Jammu and Kashmir and other States/Union Territories.
Some of the officers are posted in the Union Territory of Ladakh even before it was made the UT while others were deployed there soon after it was bifurcated from Jammu and Kashmir and made the UT on August 5, 2019 followed by formal creation on October 31, 2019.