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To grab award for 'first woman IPS from Kashmir', Mantri 'misinforms' New Delhi
Senior Police officials demand probe, Govt silent
1/19/2018 11:54:33 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Jan 19: Even as New Delhi is scheduled to honour two Kashmiri women for being "first achievers" from the Valley in their respective fields, some top officials in Civil Secretariat are upset with the development saying a minister has allegedly "misinformed" the Centre and the woman recommended by him is not the first one from the Valley to have achieved the feat.
While a Kashmiri woman duo is among 112 'women achievers' from across India, who will be felicitated by President at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the coming days, one of the two achievers is not the first one in her field, officials said.
They said the State government has "nominated" one of the female IPS from Kashmir as the "first woman IPS from Kashmir, whereas it's not the case."
Showing relevant documents, the officials said the first Kashmiri IPS woman was a medico, who had qualified as IPS in 2012. After serving as IPS officer in central Kashmir, she subsequently made another attempt in the UPSC exams and qualified IAS to join the civil services.
The one to be awarded as "being first woman IPS", on the other hand, actually qualified the IPS one year after her predecessor.
While a lobby of high-profile IPS officials have decided to file a formal complaint with the Home Ministry, sources said it has come to fore that a Minister in the State government, known for his separatist leanings, "misguided the Centre over the development."
Sources said Ministry of Women and Child Development of Government of India had asked the Social Welfare Ministry in the state to identity any such potential candidates from Kashmir.
"Though it was a known fact that the incumbent IPS, who hails from north Kashmir is not the first woman IPS, one mantri ji from that area, in a bid to gain political mileage got her name recommended," said a senior official in the Civil Secretariat.
Sources said the officials had tried to persuade the minister that it would be "factually and ethically incorrect for the state to bat for a candidate who is ineligible for the high-profile award." "This was supposed to be like cheating, but he (minister) didn't listen," sources said.
The President of India will felicitate over 100 women achievers from across India, who have achieved a "first in any field." Known as 'First Ladies', these women have been identified by the Ministry of Women and Child Development of Government of India, an official statement said.
The two women from Kashmir to be felicitated apart from the IPS include the "youngest pilot in India and the first female pilot from Kashmir."
Despite repeated attempts the minister in the State government accused of having "misused his position to couldn't be contacted for comments.
But a senior official downplayed the matter. "First or second hardly makes a difference when Kashmir is fetching the award in either of the propositions," the official said.
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