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KAS officers occupy positions exclusively meant for IAS cadre in JK
1/9/2021 11:41:34 PM
Rajesh Tandon

Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 9: Some Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) cadre officers have been occupying top administrative positions in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory, which are exclusively meant for IAS officers. Moreover, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had written a letter to JK UT administration in recent past directing to follow guidelines under All India Service Rules in this connection.
Sources in the department told Early Times that KAS cadre officers can’t be appointed as District Magistrates until his or her induction as IAS but on the contrary there are several KAS officers who have been posted as DDCs. They further said that KAS officers who take up various administrative posts at the district level such as Sub Divisional Magistrate or Additional Deputy Commissioners and later they can be inducted to the IAS officer ranks after serving as the KAS officer for a specific period but Govt had posted lots of blue eyed KAS officers as Deputy Commissioners.
Sources said that rules were bent by the previous dispensations only for benefits and convenience wherein blue eyed KAS offices were posted as Deputy Commissioners. Referring to an incident, an IAS officer of UP cadre sent in Jammu and Kashmir was sent back to his state by the then political dispensation in 1984.
As per Rule 8 of the All India Service Rules clearly states every cadre post shall be filled by a cadre officer. Rule 9, however, provides for “temporary appointment” of non-cadre officers to cadre posts only if the vacancy is expected to not last more than three months, or a suitable officer from the cadre is not available for filling the vacancy. Further, even when these conditions are fulfilled, the state government is supposed to take prior concurrence of the central government before appointing a non-cadre officer to a cadre post.
On the issue of KAS officers holding DC post, when Early Times contacted senior officers of union government to inquire why IAS officers are not holding all DC posts, they said union government has directed JK govvernment to implement the same. Local authorities also said that they are waiting for LG's nod on the issue.
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