KPS cadre review row: SSP Javed Koul resigns

With coalition government in the state already under duress due to deteriorating law and order situation in Kashmir valley, senior KPS officer who was recently SSP (SS) CID Javed Koul has resigned from the prestigious police service of Jammu and Kashmir, according to the Jammu based newspaper, Early Times.

The paper quoting sources said that the officer submitted his resignation to the office of Director General Police (DGP) S.P. Vaid and Home Secretary R.K.Goel On Friday.

According to the report, Koul has pleaded that he be relieved at the earliest since his career has remained stuck for the last more than 10 years due to delay in cadre review of KPS.

Sources said that it would take few more days before Javed Koul’s resignation is accepted and he is relieved of the services.

Javed Koul, a 1999 batch KPS officer was recently promoted as SSP on July 8, 2014 i.e after having put-in 15 years of service in the police services. He has served on various important positions in the state.

Many KPS officers were  repeatedly requesting the state government to look into their grievances and redress them at the earliest. The government constituted a committee which is still looking into the cadre review issue of the KPS officers but has not taken any decision.

The state government had on December 15, 2016 constituted 6-member cabinet sub-committee headed by Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Prakash Ganga to examine the proposal regarding review of the strength and composition of the Jammu and Kashmir Police (Gazetted) Service.

Other five members of the sub-committee include the Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat, Minister for Forests Choudhary Lal Singh, the Minister for Finance Haseeb Drabu, the Minister for CAPD Choudhary Zulfikar Ali and the Minister for PWD Naeem Akhtar. The committee is yet to submit its report.

The general complaint is the KPS have never been categorised as a state cadre service, resulting in poor management of its cadre strength and professional stagnation.

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