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J&K administration likely to shuffle bureaucrats occupying top offices

Jammu and Kashmir is likely to witness a major reshuffle of top bureaucrats. Many officers who are serving in some other part of the nation are also expected to return back to the Jammu and Kashmir Union territory. Sources say that reason behind this decision could be some major development projects in the Union Territory which needs additional administrative monitoring.

To fill vacant administrative posts in J&K, the government is planning to bring back officers who are deputed for the Centre. The Central government has asked the senior bureaucrats who have finished their tenure at the Centre to return back to cadre and not asking for an extension which is provided after the state issues “no objection” certificate. Also Read: Blue-eyed KAS officers in J&K occupying positions of IAS officers

The Centre brought an ordinance on Thursday to merge Jammu and Kashmir cadre IAS, IPS and IFS officers with officers from Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT), also called the Union Territory cadre. This ordinance allows officers posted in these states and UTs to shuffle.

Sources say that under this major reshuffle, many senior IAS and IPS officers will be transferred. The reshuffle will affect many of those officers who are holding major departments in the administration. Lieutenant Governor Manoj Singh had a discussion with Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the major reshuffle in J&K.

Sources also said that many top bureaucrats holding principal secretary posts will also be transferred. Some IAS and IPS officers will also be brought from states of AGMUT. It is also rumoured that the local bureaucracy of Kashmir are already under pressure as they believe that officers of the valley are being handed insignificant posting. Deparments with significant influence like Finance, Home, Power are being headed by officers who are from outside Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read: J&K administration relaxes earlier order to transfer overstaying employees

Top posts like Divisional Commissioner Kashmir are being occupied by non-local officers. Other than that, non- local officers hold most posts of DCs and SSP are held by in Kashmir.

A bureaucrat from Kashmir said it is always difficult for non-local officers to manage things in Jammu and Kashmir as they are culturally, socially, geographically different from the locals. This difference between bureaucrats and public leads to formation of a gap between bureaucracy and the public.

This merger of J&K cadre of IAS, IPS and IFS officers is said to be both a political and administrative move.

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