Two IPS officers to proceed on Central deputation to SSB, CBI; another returns

Two IAS officers posted in J&K, Ladakh
Ladakh likely to get new police chief

Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, July 27: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today ordered posting of two IAS officers of AGMUT cadre and an Indian Railway Protection Force (IRPF) official to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh while an IPS officer returned to J&K after study leave and the Government has almost cleared deputation of two senior IPS officers P Namgayal and Abdul Jabbar to SSB and CBI respectively.
Official sources told the Excelsior that P Namgayal, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) presently posted as Director Sher-i-Kashmir Police Academy (SKPA), has been cleared for Central deputation to Sashastra Seema Bal. He is an IPS officer of 1995 batch.
Abdul Jabbar, DIG South Kashmir and an IPS officer of 2008 batch is tipped to be cleared for Central deputation for his posting in the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI).
Bhim Sen Tuty, an IPS officer of 2004 batch, who was on study leave abroad, has returned and is awaiting posting in the Home department. He is currently in the rank of Inspector General of Police (IGP).
The Government is expected to issue posting orders of three recently promoted ADGPs after August 15. They include Vijay Kumar, ADGP Kashmir, Gareeb Dass, IGP Headquarters and Alok Kumar, IGP CIV Headquarters. Fourth IGP, who was recently promoted as ADGP, Viplav Kumar Choudhary is on deputation to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
One of them could be posted as Police Head of Ladakh as current head SS Khandare has completed more than two and half years tenure on the post. Sources said one of the three recently promoted ADGPs, who are posted in J&K, could replace Khandare.
With elevations as ADGPs, four posts of IGPs have fallen vacant but because of shortage of DIGs, the DIGs will have to wait for promotion as IGPs, sources said.
The file for promotion of two Additional DGPs as DGPs is pending clearance in the Union Home Ministry. They are Hemant Lohia and Pankaj Saxena. The promotions despite clearance by the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) have been held up due to lack of vacancies.
As per the sources, there is a proposal to promote them against AGMUT cadre vacancies as Jammu and Kashmir being a Union Territory is now part of AGMUT.
Meanwhile, two IAS officers of Goa Civil Services, who were inducted into the IAS a year back, have been posted into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. They are part of AGMUT cadre.
Sanjiv Gadkar has been posted to Jammu and Kashmir while Yatindra Maralkar was posted to the UT of Ladakh.
KK Ashraf, an officer of Indian Railways Protection Force Services, has been posted as DIG (Srinagar) in the Northern Railways.
During past about two and a half years after Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh became the Union Territories, a number of IAS, IPS and other officers from All India Services have been deputed to the two UTs because of shortage of officers.
“Shortage has been overcome to quite an extent but still it persists at some levels,” sources said, adding that posting of more officers from All India Services to the two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh is not ruled out.
Recently, the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in a meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Government had approved induction of 28 officers of Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Services (JKAS) into IAS. However, 14 of them have retired.
Promotion of 14 serving JKAS officers into IAS will also help in overcoming shortage of the IAS officers, sources pointed out.