Srinagar: The Department of Personnel and Trainings, Ministry of Personnel and Public Grievances and Pensions, Govt. of India today issued a formal notification for appointment of members of Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service (JKAS) into Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
This has been made possible due to the tireless efforts of Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K and Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Principal Secretary, GAD under the guidance of Lieutenant Governor.
This is for the first time in last 12 years that the JKAS officers have been inducted into IAS. 16 serving JKAS officers have been inducted into IAS for the years 2013-2018. Three officers have been appointed against vacancies of 2013, two against vacancies of 2016, three against vacancies of 2017 and 08 vacancies have been filled up for the year 2018.
The 1999 batch JKAS officers is the major beneficiary of the inductions which have been carried out purely on seniority basis after the seniority list was finalized by the GAD.
Many IAS Officers were presently holding charge of twin departments and the promotions are likely to lessen their burden besides boosting the moral of local officers.
With inductions becoming a regular feature, more JKAS Officers are likely to be benefited by getting inducted into the prestigious India Administrative Service.
The exercise for induction of JKAS officers into IAS was delayed because of seniority disputes and certain other issues.
However, the General Administration Department headed by Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, initiated the exercise last year, which finally culminated in today’s notification.
According to the notification, Talat Parvez Iqbal Rohella (Commissioner Secretary, Hospitality & Protocol department), Rukhsana Gani (Chairperson, Special Tribunal), Rehana Batul (Commissioner Secretary, Public Grievances), Mir Tariq Ali (Director, Women & Child Development), Amit Sharma (Secretary, Administrative Reforms, Inspections & Trainings department), Nazim Zia Khan (Secretary, Department of Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation & Reconstruction), Shakeel-Ul-Rehman Rather(Commissioner, Food & Drug Administration), Pradeep Kumar(Director, Archives, Archaeology and Museums), Rahul Sharma (Secretary, General Administration Department), Narinder Singh Bali (Secretary, Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment), Aijaz Ahmad Bhat (Secretary, Labour & Employment ), Hashmat Ali Yatoo (Administrator, Associated Hospitals Srinagar), Majid Khalil Ahmad Drabu (Controller, Legal Metrology), Mohammad Akbar Wani (Secretary, Agriculture Production Department), Sheikh Arshad Ayub (Inspector General of Registration) and Rajesh Sharma (Custodian General) have been inducted in the elite service.