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Around 20 KAS officers retiring in 2018; crunch in top-rung staff

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Srinagar, Apr 20: With the recent retirement of nine JK cadre officers and dozens of other bureaucrats retiring ever year, The Jammu and Kashmir government is grappling with a huge shortage of officers.
Official sources said that many officers are retiring in the current year including around 20 KAS officers which would affect the administration in the state.
An officer from the general administration department said that some of the officers with superb track records are retiring this year. ‘Generally, officers retire every year. But from last two years, the number was big,” the officer maintained.
He said that retiring of such a big number every year would affect the administration in the state. “Government should make efforts to fill up all these vacancies,” he added.
Sources said that around 2900 gazetted posts including IAS, IPS, KAS, KPS, Professors, and Lecturers are lying vacant in the state affecting the work of officers’ assigned additional charge.
Nine JK cadre IAS officers retired in 2016 and 2017. Those included Gazzanffer Hussain, Vinod Koul, Arun Kumar, Mohd Ashraf Bhukhari, Zaffar Ahmed Bhat, Ashok Kumar Angurana, Tsering Angchok, Vineeta Gupta.
While, Bharat Bhushan Vyas, who too was to get retired, has been given extension. Now more officers are retiring in 2018, which as per officials would further effect the administration in the state.
Among retiring bureaucrats, sources said that some are holding higher posts like secretaries and directors. “Government needs to fill up all these vacancies. Several IAS officers are also retiring in 2018 and would further affect the governance.
Sources within the government said that there is a severe shortage of IAS officers in the state. “The state is facing a severe shortage of IAS officers. As of now, the fixed strength of IAS officials in the state is 137 against availability of 84 officers. Out of in position 84 officers, 11, including Braj Raj Sharma, Suresh Kumar, P K Tripathi, Sudhanshu Panday, Atal Dulloo, Shantmanu, Bipul Pathak, Ashok Kumar Parmar, Manoj Kumar Dwiwedi, Mandeep Kaur and Yasha Mudgal are serving in key departments of Modi Government,” wishing anonymity, one of the top officials of the government had told KNS.
These officers according to sources are “unwilling” to serve in the state. “The J&K government has sought return of all IAS officers of JK cadre from the centre, but the central government has so far given a cold response,” the GAD said.
Several JK cadre IAS officers posted on insignificant postings, while many are also unwilling to serve in the state, have sought central deputation.
Sources said that in Indian Police Service (IPS), the state is facing shortage of 90 IPS officers against the total strength of 147. Currently, 84 IPS officers are holding the State Cadre, 24 are on Central Deputation, which shrinks the number of IPS officers posted in the state to 60, officials said.
For the last six years, the official said that the state government has not sent any proposal to the Union Public Service Commission to fill the vacant IPS posts because of several litigations against the seniority list of KPS officers due to caderisation of KPS into IPS.
In June last year, the PDP-BJP coalition approved the caderisation of KPS after which many KPS officers started getting the grade pay of the IPS officers.
The government in May last year had asked the Chief Secretary of the State B B Vyas to constitute a committee for resolution of the litigations of KPS officers for induction into IPS.
Union Minister of State In-charge DoPT, Dr Jitendra Singh recently said that Centre was trying to persuade the cadre officers to return to their states. “Even if they are unwilling, we try to motivate them. We encourage the cadre officers to revert to their states and serve the people,” he had said.
Interestingly citing a shortage of IAS bureaucrats at the middle-level, the Narendra Modi government has asked all states to spare more officers for central deputation.
In a letter to all states, including Jammu and Kashmir, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said the movement of the officers from states to the Centre and back is crucial for building capabilities at the state-level and contributing towards developing national perspectives at the decision-making levels in the government of India.
“It would, therefore, be appropriate considering the fact that there is general shortage of IAS officers at Deputy Secretary/Director level, if a conscious attempt is made while forwarding the names of the officers, so as to share the shortage proportionately between the Centre and the states and also that every eligible officer has an opportunity to serve at the Centre at least once at the middle management level,” reads official communiqué.


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Situation calls for active involvement of youth in politics: Farooq

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Srinagar, July 21: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference party president and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said the youth of the state have a key role to play in protecting the interests of the state, saying the need of the hour calls for active engagement of youth in state politics.

Party president while addressing the workers, functionaries here at party functionaries said the old guard in politics has done its bid now the situation calls for the active involvement of youth in politics.

“Today the very existence of our identity is facing onslaught from all sides. The state is heading towards a crucial trial. The forces as are inimical to our identity and special constitutional position are trying and will speed up its efforts to divide us. The powers that be will leave no stone unturned to obliterate our identity. Our enemies want us divided, our unity threatens them, and it frustrates their machinations. However, if at this juncture we don’t strike unity then the coming generation will never forgive us. At the moment our it is very identity of our state that is at stake. There are forces who are contriving to change the demography of our state. It is imperative for the youth to come forward and respond to the challenges, our ill-fated state is facing. The transition from old to young is necessary; we have a sprawling population of youth, the need of the hour is too tap its potential,” he said adding, “once forthcoming government with Omar Sahib in the vanguard of it, will ensure greater justice for youth. We will empower youth by providing them safe spaces to pursue their vocations. Addressing employment will crown the agenda of the forthcoming government led by Omar Sahib. We cannot think of moving forward without feeling the pulse of youth, we have to make amends to the wrongs committed by successive government since 2015,” he said.

 

On the occasion PDP founding member, District President Pulwama and former Minister in previous Coalition government Muhammad Khalil Bandh joined National Conference . He had won Pulwama assembly constituency for PDP in 2002, 2008, and 2014 assembly elections. Party president welcomed the new entrant into the party fold and said that his joining the party at a time when forces in Delhi doesn’t want us united. While welcoming Mr Khalil Bandh into the party fold, party president said, “I appreciate the moral integrity of Bandh Sahib; he has taken a judicious decision at a time when forces as are inimical to state are contriving to divide our voice. Posterity will applaud the decision of Bandh sahib for strengthening the efforts for the protection of the special status of the state. I welcome him and I am hopeful that his coming will strengthen the party at grass root level. It is indeed a lovely return; it comes in the wake of efforts to unite the state against the forces as want to divide our voice.”

Party president while underscoring the need for uniting the efforts to end the trend of drug abuse among youth said, “The need of the hour calls for joint societal efforts to tackle with the menace. The issue has to be addressed with all seriousness jointly by various stakeholders that include the government as well. But the greater responsibility lies on the shoulders of schools, parents and the community leaders. The need of the hour calls for inclusive policy against the menace focusing mainly on three components: policing, de- addiction, and prevention.  The situation should be immediately tackled with a brawny response before it morphs into a much dire situation.  It would be better if the state government comes up with an inclusive policy against the menace of drug addiction and narcotic smuggling. The policy frame work should include the inputs of health, police and education departments. Various civil society groups should also be taken on board before evolving such a state level strategy against the menace.”

The new entrant into the party Muhammad Khalil Band while addressing the workers said, “Our state is facing tremendous onslaught on its identity. I am of the thought that only NC can salvage the state towards safe shores. It is NC only that can meet the challenges our state is facing.”

Among others party’s general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, Provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, south zone president Dr Bashir Veeri, YNC provincial president Salman Ali Sagar, Political Advisor to party President Mushtaq Guroo, Gh Mohiudin Mir, Showkat Mir, Pir Muhammad Hussain, Qafir Ur Rahman, Sheikh Rafi, Dr Mohd Shafi, Dr Ghulam Nabi, Javaid Rahim Bhat also welcomed the new entrant into the party fold. The new entrant was festooned with garlands on the occasion.

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Demarcation of Hokersar wetland to be completed within one week: Admn

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Srinagar, Jul 20: The Srinagar administration has begun the process of peripheral demarcation of Hokersar wetland area falling within the jurisdiction of the Srinagar district.
This comes after demarcation of the Khushalsar lake and mapping of its encroachments which were completed after increased efforts during recent months.
Committee comprising eight members from different departments formed to undertake the peripheral demarcation of the wetland area will start the process next week. The process will be completed within one week.
This was informed in a meeting held Saturday under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.
The meeting was informed that Hokersar wetland has two boundaries including the southern boundary falling within the jurisdiction of the Budgam district and the northern boundary falling within that of the Srinagar district. It was said that peripheral demarcation in Srinagar will be held from Narbal to Zainakote areas where it falls.
The demarcation will be followed with government notification of the wetland area aimed at its restoration that will then follow. It was said the demarcation of the boundaries will also include their geotagging to enable easier access to location-specific information about the wetland area.
Meanwhile the district administration has banned dumping of solid waste in and up to 500 meters from the Hokersar wetland. The aim of the restrictions is to prevent further damage to the wetland.
It is notable that first demarcation of the Hokersar wetland area was done in 1935 and an area of 13.75 square kilometres was notified as its total area through a cabinet order issued in 1945. The wetland has been subjected to massive encroachments over huge parts of its area over the last three decades.
ADC Srinagar Kuldeep Krishan Sidha and all eight members of the demarcation committee were present in the meeting.

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Kashmir weary of leaders elected with 10% vote: Jitendra

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Jammu, July 21: Union minister Jitendra Singh Sunday remarked that Kashmir is weary of leaders elected with “mere 10 per cent vote” who then make it to the Lok Sabha or state assembly with vested interest of perpetuating political dominance by a few families or individuals.

Taking a dig at Kashmiri leaders, he also said politicians of Kashmir are still “clinging on to the past”, without realising that the common voter comprising 70 per cent of youth has already moved on.

“Kashmir is weary of leaders elected with mere 10 per cent vote, who then make it to Lok Sabha or state assembly, with the vested interest of perpetuating political dominance by a few families and individuals,” he said. The Minister of State for Personnel said if an election is held in a “free atmosphere” with reasonable voter turnout, people will outright reject the politicians who have, over the last several decades, thrived on low voter turnout.

 

When asked about his often repeated statement that militancy in Kashmir is in its last phase, he said in an interview to Rajya Sabha TV Sunday that nobody in the Valley wants militancy to continue, except for a handful of politicians. “They have developed vested interest in contesting and winning elections in an insecure atmosphere, but people have now understood their selfish designs and are keen to get rid of them,” he said.

Refuting allegations of “weakening” the Right To Information Act through the RTI Amendment Bill introduced by him in the Lok Sabha recently, Singh said the Bill is meant to streamline and institutionalise the functioning of the Information Commission. The RTI Act 2005 was framed by the UPA government in haste, and the Modi government is only trying to fill in the missing links, he argued.

Reiterating the Centre’s emphasis on “performance with integrity”, the Union minister also justified the recent orders for premature retirement of officials whose integrity was under doubt or the performance not found up to the mark. He also defended the government’s ‘lateral entry’ mode, which relates to appointment of private sector specialists, saying in the emerging scenario, India deserves the best of talent from whatever source available, to handle some of the most “innovative, original and specialised” schemes introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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