Two IAS officers from Daman & Diu join J&K, 3 more to be posted soon

Shortage at some levels still persists
Ladakh UT too to get more officers

Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, Aug 4: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Department of Personnel and Trainings (DoPT) have deputed five more IAS officers to the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Of them, two IAS officers of AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territories) cadre joined in the Civil Secretariat today, official sources told the Excelsior.
They include Saloni Rai and her husband Dr Rakesh Minhas, both 2016 batch officers of AGMUT cadre, who were posted in Daman and Diu.
Another IAS officer Sanjiv M Gadkar, who was earlier part of Goa Civil Services before being inducted into IAS, has also joined at the Civil Secretariat. His order of posting from AGMUT cadre to Jammu and Kashmir was issued last week.
Yatindra Maralkar, who has also been inducted into IAS from Goa Civil Services, was recently posted to the Union Territory of Ladakh.
“Three more IAS officers have been cleared by the MHA and DoPT for posting into J&K and Ladakh,” sources said, adding their orders will be issued shortly. Two of them are likely to be deployed in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir while one could go to Ladakh.
A number of officers from different All India Services are presently on deputation to Jammu and Kashmir. Moreover, after Jammu and Kashmir cadre was abolished and the two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh were made part of AGMUT cadre, several AGMUT cadre officers were also deputed to the twin UTs.
In addition, many IAS officers, who were earlier posted in Jammu and Kashmir, have also been transferred to Ladakh. Besides, the officers of Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Services (JKAS) and Jammu and Kashmir Police Services (JKPS) have also been posted on deputation to the Union Territory of Ladakh in view of shortage of officers there.
Sources said some more officers of All India Services could be posted in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to completely overcome shortage of officers.
However, the shortage in Jammu and Kashmir will also be overcome to quite an extent following yesterday’s induction of 16 JKAS officers into IAS.
“Shortage still persists at some levels,” sources said.
They added that the Union Home Ministry and DoPT will hold regular reviews of the performance of AGMUT cadre officers posted in Jammu and Kashmir.
Last year, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had invited requisitions from the AIS officers for posting in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
A number of officers including natives of the two Union Territories, who were posted in other States and UTs, had responded to the requisition and opted for the postings here.
Sources said since some of the officers in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were reluctant to give five years of mandatory deputation to the Centre, the DoPT has decided that promotions of the officers will be linked to the deputation.
“Both the UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are short of IAS and IPS officers due to different reasons but it has gradually been overcome with posting of AGMUT cadre and other IAS and IPS officers.
“Presently, a number of IAS/ IPS and JKAS/JKPS besides other officers/officials from Jammu and Kashmir have been posted in the Union Territory of Ladakh to run the affairs there. This has also resulted into shortage of officers in Jammu and Kashmir,” sources pointed out.
The DoPT had earlier allocated 65 senior duty posts of AGMUT to Jammu and Kashmir in Indian Administrative Services, 70 in Indian Police Services and 58 in Indian Forest Services.