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Strength of IAS officers in Jammu and Kashmir may increase

Last Updated on November 15, 2021 at 1:26 pm

In a significant move, Jammu and Kashmir has started with the Cadre Review of Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officers in order to increase the strength in the Union Territory.

Once the Cadre Review is conducted, the J&K Government has requested the central government to bifurcate the cadre of J&K and Ladakh as presently officers/officials from J&K are feeding Ladakh after their bifurcation into two Union Territories on August 5, 2019.

Currently, in J&K the sanctioned strength of IAS officers is 137, against them only 58 are in place including few who are on Central deputation besides those posted in the Union Territory of Ladakh.

The Cadre Review will help in increasing sanction strength of IAS officers in J&K and which will be of great help to the UT.

Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Incharge DoPT, Dr Jitendra Singh had started talks with J&K government to conduct the Cadre Review to overcome shortage of IAS officers in the erstwhile State.

As per reports, the Cadre Review was not done in J&K for last more than 15 years.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that now, when the step has been taken, the DoPT will ensure increase in the number of IAS officers to Jammu and Kashmir through AGMUT cadre. He added that the step will also lead to implementation of the Central Government guidelines under which certain posts are specifically reserved for the IAS officers.

While completing this exercise, J&K government has written to the central government for bifurcation of J&K and Ladakh cadres as both the Union Territories are part of AGMUT cadre as the move will clear strength of the officers of two UTs.