Ahmed Ali Fayyaz SRINAGAR: Search is underway to fill up one existing vacancy in Jammu and Kashmir State Public Service Commission (PSC) even as the General Administration Department (GAD) has recommended a panel of four retired IAS officers to the Government. One slot of Member had fallen vacant in PSC due to the retirement of Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad Wani on April 30 this year. Prior to that, the vacancy created by retirement of the former IFS officer Lal Chand was filled by the Governor’s administration with the appointment of the retired IPS officer and former IGP Jagjit Kumar on February 8, 2019. In addition to Chairman Lateef-uz-Zamaan Deva, PSC currently comprises of seven Members namely Jaipal Singh, Ali Asghar Choudhary, Prof Posh Charak, Er Mushtaq Ahmed Lone, Suresh Kumar Sharma, Tsering Angchok and Jagjit Kumar. All of them, including Chairman Deva but excluding Member Jagjit Kumar, had been appointed by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s PDP-BJP Government in July 2015. While as Lal Chand and Prof Wani have already retired due to crossing the age bar of 65 years, PSC is scheduled to be reconstituted with the appointment of new Chairman and six Members in July 2020. Currently, PSC has Chairman and two Members, Er Mushtaq Ahmed Lone and Jaipal Singh from Kashmir. Jaipal Singh belongs to district Baramulla of Kashmir division. J & K PSC has four Members, namely Ali Asghar Choudhary, Prof Posh Charak, Suresh Kumar Sharma and Jagjit Kumar from Jammu. One Member, Tsering Anhchok is from Leh, Ladakh. For the vacancy that has emerged out of the retirement of Prof Wani, Chairman Deva, according to well-placed authoritative sources, had recommended a panel of four retired officers-a Kashmir Administrative Service officer of 1984 batch who was subsequently inducted into IAS and has retired in 2018 and three retired academics. One of three has retired after serving as Principal of a Government Degree College and Director of the North Campus of the University of Kashmir. Another is a retired professor of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology, Kashmir. However, GAD turned down the recommendation in favour of the three academics. It retained the recommendation in favour of the retired IAS officer. GAD is understood to have added three more names of retired IAS officers to the panel which is now under consideration of the top echelons of the Government. Sources revealed to STATE TIMES that all the three were likely to be dropped as each one of them had unenviable integrity issues. They include a female officer of 1984 KAS batch who was also inducted into IAS before her retirement in 2017.
One of the retired IAS officers recommended in the GAD panel hails from Rajouri district of Jammu. He has among other positions, served as Custodian General and Excise Commissioner. He had entered KAS through Technical Quota but he has been involved in cases of corruption and misappropriation during his tenure as CEO of Rajouri Development Authority. Another officer recommended by the GAD has retired after serving as Commissioner-Secretary Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution. He hails originally from Kulgam district of Kashmir division and is known for his reputation for not succumbing to political and other unwarranted pulls and pressures. He had taken a stand in not allotting Industrial land in favour of a Jammu based businessman on the instructions of the than Industries Minister in the Omar Abdullah Government when he was serving as Director Industries and Commerce Jammu division.
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