Shortage of IAS officers may afflict JK government

Moazum Mohammad

Srinagar: The PDP-BJP government is expected to face pinch as top brass of the administration including Chief Secretary are going to retire this year, which might lead to shortage of bureaucrats.
This year, 14 IAS officers are due to attain superannuation out of which 5 have already retired in past two months. Among the high profile and senior most officers who are attaining retirement include former Chief secretary Madhav Lal, incumbent Chief Secretary Iqbal Khanday, and chairperson J&K Special Tribunal Sonali Kumar.
According to approved strength, the state has 137 IAS cadre officers out of which 30 officers can be be deputed with central government. While 75 officers are direct recruits out of the approved cadre, 62 are filled through promotions. The delay in selection committee meeting for promotions which was to be held by government of India has already created the shortfall , an official said.
In the past three months, five officers attained the age of retirement. They are former Managing Director JK power development corporation Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo, Ramesh Koul, Tanveer Jahan, Abdul Majid Mir and Shugufta Parveen.
By the end of this month, Abdul Majid Ganai, who is on earned leave will attain retirement.
Subsequently, two officers secretary Rural Development department and Panchayati Raj Shafat Noor Barlas and Mohammed Yousuf Dar commissioner Survey & Land Records will retire next month.
Former JK Chief Secretary Madhav Lal, who is currently secretary Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises will attain attain superannuation on June 30. Member J&K Special Tribunal Tushar Kanti Sharma will retire in September while financial commissioner Industries and Commerce Khursheed Ahmad Ganai and Secretary Joint Financial Commissioner, Agrarian Reforms Mohammad Sharif Sood will retire on October 31.
And Chief Secretary Iqbal Khanday, 1978 batch officer along Chairperson J&K Special Tribunal Sonali Kumar will retire on November 30.
In fact, an official said the shortage of officers might prompt the government to communicate its concerns to New Delhi.
Secretary General administration department Mohammad Ashraf Bukhari admitted the delay in promotions have created a “gap” but overall there’s no shortage of officers.
“We don’t face shortage of officers. But there can be direct recruitment gap and it will be always there as it can never be at an optimum level,” Bukhari told Kashmir Reader.
“The state government will take up the matter with central government once the optimum level of deputation to New Delhi will cross the mark. That rarely happens.,” he added.
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