Ordinance to combine J&K IAS, IPS, IFoS cadre with AGMUT
The brand-new Union Terriroties are beleaguered with acute scarcity of officers, MHA said earlier.
The Centre promulgated an ordinance on Thursday to combine the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) cadre of All India Services Officers such as the IAS, IPS and the Indian Forest Service (IFoS) with the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Area (AGMUT) cadre.
The regulation indicates that officers of the three services posted in the Union Territories of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep, Chandigarh and the three States discussed above can now be published in J&K and Ladakh and officers of the J&K cadre can be posted there too.
Since the government cancelled the winter session of Parliament, the regulation signed by President Ram Nath Kovind changed the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019 that bifurcated and devalued the previous State into 2 Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.
Section 88 of the primary Act amended on Thursday checked out, “The members of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service for the existing cadre of J&K shall be borne and entered into the Arunachal Pradesh Goa Mizoram Union Area cadre and all future allocations of All India Solutions officers for the Union Area of J&K and the UT of Ladakh will be made to AGMUT cadres for which necessary modifications may be made in corresponding cadre allowance guidelines by the Main government.”
It said the “officers so borne or assigned on AGMUT cadres shall operate in accordance with the guidelines framed by the Main federal government”.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Modification) Regulation 2021 likewise amended Section 13 of the primary Act by inserting the words “or any other post containing reference to elected members of the legal Assembly of the State”.
In November last, “beleaguered with intense scarcity of officers” in the UT of J&K and Ladakh, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) shot off letters to numerous Central government departments to look for authorization of authorities going to be posted to the two UTs.
A House Ministry spokesperson did not discuss reasons concerning the issue of a regulation on the subject. The ordinance will have to be validated by Parliament when it is in session.
The letter sent to the Ministries and departments of railways, defence, commerce, custom-mades and excise, posts, telecoms stated, “The brand-new Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh are beleaguered with intense lack of officers.”
The former State of J&K was reduced and bifurcated into 2 Union Territories by Parliament on August 6, 2019.
The J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019 had said officers belonging to the IAS, IPS and IFoS in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir “will continue to work on the existing cadres,” till the Lieutenant Governor of J&K identifies the final allowance of such officers in between J&K and Ladakh. A year after the reorganisation of J&K, the cadre allotment was yet to be finished. All new recruits will be allocated the AGMUT cadre, the original Act stated.
There are around four lakh civil servant in the undivided J&K. Of the 58 IAS and 66 IPS officers, nine and 16 are on Central deputation or suspension respectively. The approved strength of IAS and IPS officers in J&K is 137 and 147 respectively.
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