Decision overruled


A final call on implementation of 67:33 quota for IAS officers in Jammu and Kashmir by revoking the previous decision taken by UPA-II, has been taken by the DoPT. After 'One Nation One Constitution One Flag' and 'One Nation One Tax', the Central Government has now approved implementation of 67:33 formula for posting of Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officers in Jammu and Kashmir, bringing it at par with all other States and Union Territories of the country. The decision was taken by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Government of India annulling the UPA-II order making special provision in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir for IAS officers by implementing 50: 50 formula i.e. the posting of 50 percent Direct Recruits of IAS in J&K and induction of rest of 50 percent officers through promotional quota of KAS officers. The UPA-II had approved the order during the National Conference-Congress regime headed by Omar Abdullah.
It will be in the interest of the Government officers if timely Cadre Review is also carried out by the Union Territory Government as it helps in finding out additional vacancies leading to posting of more officers. Some officers in Jammu and Kashmir Government were also in favour of continuing 50:50 formula for the IAS officers and Central Government didn't accept their demand and restored 67:33 formula for the Union Territory as it was committed to bringing J&K at par with all other States and Union Territories of the country. The Central Government was quite confident that the Union Territory Government of Jammu and Kashmir would complete the Cadre Review well in time to facilitate the DoPT to allocate increased number of IAS officers to the UT to improve Civil Services structure. It was not only the previous PDP-BJP Government from 2015 to 2018 but even before that the National Conference-Congress coalition Government too didn't hold Cadre Review of the IAS officers for some years resulting into delay in increasing their strength.

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