All IAS officers hailing from J&K, who are posted in different States/UTs of the country, will be offered posting in union territory through AGMUT cadre. The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has, as a one-time relaxation, taken this major decision.
The move will serve both the purposes. One, the local IAS officers of Jammu and Kashmir will get posting in the home Union Territory and second, shortage of the Civil Services officers will be met. The official sources said, “the offer is voluntarily. Only those IAS officers from Jammu and Kashmir, who want to come to their home Union Territory willingly, will be given posting here.” “Only after receiving consent from the officers, who want to get posting in Jammu and Kashmir, the DoPT will process their cases for changing their cadre to AGMUT to give them posting in their home Union Territory,” sources said.
Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh, Incharge DoPT said that the Central Government is providing all kind of support to Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory for best practices in governance.
“The DoPT and Jammu and Kashmir Government move is aimed at overcoming shortage of IAS officers in Jammu and Kashmir which has arisen due to delay in Cadre Revision by the previous Government, a result of which number of IAS posts in the Union Territory couldn’t be increased,” sources said.
Further, the DoPT has changed the ratio of 50:50 for Direct Recruitment and promotees from Jammu and Kashmir to 67:33 i.e. 67 percent for Regular Recruits and 33 for local promotes. And reasons for very few vacancies of the All India Services in Jammu and Kashmir have been attributed to delay in conducting Cadre Review by the previous Governments.
It may not be out of tune to mention here that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had invited requests from the Central Government officers of various services for posting in the Union Territory and Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh that are facing acute shortage of officers. A number of IAS, IPS, JKAS, JKPS and other officers/officials have been deputed to the Union Territory of Ladakh from Jammu and Kashmir.