UPSC meets top JK officials, decks cleared for inductions; final meet soon

Govt writes for return of IPS officer, 2 seek deputation
*No objections raised so far on any of 32 officers
Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, Nov 26: In a major step forward towards induction of 32 Jammu and Kashmir Police Services (JKPS) officers into Indian Police services (IPS), the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) held a meeting with top officials of the UT Home Department to clear the queries on the subject and there were indications that final meeting of the UPSC for inductions could be held by the end of December in Jammu.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has sought return of senior IPS officer Nitish Kumar from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) while two more IPS officers–one each in the rank of Additional DGP and DIG have applied for the Central deputation, official sources told the Excelsior.
The UPSC members met senior officials of Jammu and Kashmir Home Department in New Delhi to discuss the proposal and get replies to their queries on the induction of 32 JKPS officers into the IPS.
“The meeting was successful,” sources said, adding the UPSC designated members will now finalize the meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Police and civil administration, most likely by the end of December, to formally clear induction of 32 JKPS officers into IPS.
The meeting, they said, is likely to be held in Jammu and will be attended by senior UPSC members and officials, deputed by the Chairperson, Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Home Secretary RK Goyal, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh and some other senior officers which will formally approve induction of 32 JKPS officers into IPS.
“As of now everything is going smooth and there has been no objection about induction of any of the officers as was the case in previous inductions held in July 2021 when one of the officers was dropped,” the sources said.
Sources said the Jammu and Kashmir Government has written to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for return of IPS officer Nitish Kumar from the Central deputation for posting in the Union Territory.
Kumar is presently posted in the NIA.
Two senior IPS officers including Alok Kumar, Additional DGP posted as Director Fire and Emergency Services and Uday Bhaskar Billa, DIG North Kashmir range, have applied for the Central deputation.
“Formalities for their deputation are being completed,” sources said.
Meanwhile, 32 vacancies of IPS have been separated between 2015-2020 for induction of the JKPS officers, the sources said.
Highest eight posts have been allocated for the year 2015 followed by seven to year 2018, five each to 2017 and 2019, four to the year 2016 and three to 2020.
Posts for induction of JKPS officers into IPS for the years 2021 and 2022 haven’t been notified as yet, sources said, adding this will be for the first time when 32 JKPS officers will get IPS in one go.
As there were clear 32 vacancies available for induction of JKPS officers into IPS, the proposal is likely to be approved, sources said.
In July last year, the UPSC had approved induction of 28 JKPS officers into IPS–14 each serving and retired. Orders of induction were reserved in case of two JKPS officers pending inquiries against them.
However, later 14 posts of IPS extended to retired officers were declared as vacant and added to the vacancies. This took total number of vacancies of JKPS officers’ induction into IPS to 32, benefitting a lot to the police officers.
With filling up of 32 vacancies, a total of 44 JKPS officers will be inducted into IPS during last one and a half years.
Induction of JKPS officers into IPS, which has to be a regular feature, was undertaken in July last year after nearly a decade. The delay was caused in view of legal disputes including finalization of seniority etc.
“However, the JKPS officers who will be inducted into the IPS, will get AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Territories) cadre as the Union Home Ministry has already merged erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir cadre into AGMUT as J&K was made a Union Territory on August 5, 2019,” sources said.