Aga, Bharati to demit office in January; Sharma in May
By: Ibni Maqbool
Srinagar: Out of nine members of Public Service Commission in Jammu & Kashmir, seven would complete their term in 2022.
Documents lying with the Precious Kashmir reveal that incumbent PSC chairman and six other members would complete their term next year, as they cannot hold the office beyond 62 years of age due to terms and conditions governing the coveted position.
Under the Constitution of India, a member of the State Public Service Commission shall hold the office for a term of six years or till the age of 62 years, whichever is earlier.
Before scrapping of Article 370, the appointment and retirement of PSC members in J&K was governed by the Constitution of Jammu & Kashmir, which allowed members of the prestigious body to hold the office for a term of five years or till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
According to the documents, Syed Iqbal Aga (retired development commissioner Works) and Sameer Bharati (ex-IFS officer) would complete their term in January 2020. Afterwards, PSC member Subash Gupta (former district and sessions judge) would hang up his boots in March 2022. J&K’s former Chief Secretary BR Sharma, who is head of the prestigious recruitment agency, would complete his innings in April 2022.
Prof Showkat Ahmed Zargar( retired assistant professor) would also complete his term in the same month.
After the exit of Sharma and Zargar from the prestigious body, former IAS officer Farooq Ahmad Lone (retired IAS officer) would demit the office in June 2022.
Former Chief Engineer Des Raj would complete his tenure as member of PSC in December 2022.
Former IPS officer Afhad-ul-Mujataba and former additional district & sessions Judge Zubair Ahmad Raza are the only two members from the existing Commission who would retire after 2022.
The PSC, a constitutional body, is mandated to conduct the selection process for gazetted posts including KAS, KPS etc.