After the District Development Council (DDC) elections are over on December 22, a major reshuffle of the civil and police administration in Jammu and Kashmir government is likely to take place.
Official sources said that the government has is planning for a major reshuffle including that of commissioner secretaries, heads of the departments and the district heads in civil and police administration in particular. Many officials who work is non-satisfactory might be removed from sensitive postings. It will be the first major shuffle of officials since Manoj Sinha was appointed Lieutenant Governor in August 2020. Sources say that around a dozen District Development Commissioners, Commissioner Secretaries, Inspector Generals of Police and Senior Superintendent of Police might get transferred.
It is being reported that Sinha personally reviewed the performance of the officials before deciding about their next posting. Sources said that as Sinha took over, a proposal was made in the Civil Secretariat for the transfers of the officials, however the LG went ahead with the official machinery already in place. Sources say that the Raj Bhawan will decide about the new postings of the officials on the basis of their performance.
A senior officer said that some officials are trying to suggest about the new places of postings of their favorites, but Sinha is unlikely to follow any improper recommendation.
The officer said that it is clear that transfers will be done purely on the basis of performance as the L-G is a hard task master.
Sources said New Delhi has allowed Sinha to act tough against non-performing officials and that some such officials were likely to be “posted in cells.” A senior official in the administration said that transfers are a part of the administrative work-culture and once the model code of conduct for DDC elections is over, process could be expected.