A peculiar situation


This is for the first time that the Government is facing such a peculiar situation and hectic deliberations are going on in the General Administration Department to find out the ways to overcome this crisis as the posts of Administrative Secretaries which have fallen vacant following superannuation of five officers cannot be kept unfilled for long time as the same will hamper the functioning of these departments. Moreover, manning these five posts by way of assigning charge to other officers would not be in the interest of administration. For the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, the Government is facing peculiar situation in filling the vacant posts of the Administrative Secretaries of different departments. This is because of deficit in IAS and KAS cadre, which has led to dearth of eligible officers to man these posts. The posts of Administrative Secretaries of ARI, Trainings and Office Supplies Depart-ment, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department, Culture Department, Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabili-tation and Reconst ruction Department and Cooperative Department fell vacant today following superannuation of five IAS officers. As per the rules, IAS officers of up to 2005 batch are currently eligible for the posts of Administrative Secretaries of these departments. However, at present the Government doesn't have All India Service officers who fulfill this eligibility thereby leading to the peculiar situation.
During 1996, 1998 and 2000, no IAS officer was allotted J&K cadre which is one of the contributing factors to the dearth of eligible officers for the posts of Administrative Secretaries at present. Similarly, there was no batch of Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) during the period between 1984 and 1999, which is why there is a crisis of inducted KAS officers as well. A consensus is being evolved on posting IAS officers of 2007, 2008 and 2009 batch as Secretaries of departments in major relaxation of rules as this is the only remedy available with the Government to overcome the prevailing crisis. There are certain departments where posts of Administrative Secretaries cannot be kept vacant for long time keeping in view their importance. In case the Government decides to post IAS officers of 2007, 2008 and 2009 batches as Secretaries of departments it will have to carry out major reshuffle at different levels in the administration as the posts they are holding at present will also fall vacant.

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