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To overcome shortage, DoPT to depute 17 AIS officers to J&K

Last Updated on December 10, 2021 at 10:36 am

The issue of shortage of IAS officers in Jammu and Kashmir is not a new one, thus taking a major step, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has decided to depute 17 more officers of All India Services (AIS) to the Union Territory.

This is an attempt to overcome the prevailing shortage of IAS officers in UT.

As per Daily Excelsior, once the formalities and documentation is complete, the new officers will be joining soon. UT has sanctioned strength of 137 posts of IAS officers including 75 Direct Recruits and 62 from induction of Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Services (JKAS) into IAS.

For 137 posts, only 59 IAS officers have been posted in Jammu and Kashmir. And, out of them, seven senior IAS officers are on Central deputation while eight have been deputed to the Union Territory of Ladakh, thus J&K has only 44 IAS officers at present.

Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr Jitendra Singh, Incharge DoPT had written letters many times to the Jammu and Kashmir administration for cadre-controlling and increase the strength of the AIS officers. It was the last month where the cadre reviews was conducted after 15 years.

It is pertinent to mention that few months back, J&K administration started the process for induction of 40 JKAS officers into IAS. Now,17 more AIS officers in Jammu and Kashmir a major step taken by the DoPT which will help J&K to tide over the shortage of officers.