JAMMU: Despite having robust strength of 590 IAS and KAS officers, 73 senior officers of Jammu and Kashmir government are holding additional charge while some important cadre posts being manned by non-service officers. Of the 66 IAS officers, 22 have been assigned additional charge of one or more than one department(s). Similarly, 51 of 524 KAS officers are having additional charge of even some key departments which call for constant monitoring and round the clock superintendence. The ‘additional charge’ culture in Jammu and Kashmir is legacy of the political dispensations wherein blue-eyed officers always enjoyed hegemony over others and developed a clout of being ‘indispensable’. Though an exercise had been initiated by the former and last Governor of Jammu and Kashmir State Satya Pal Malik, to bring in some reforms in the administration yet these could not fructify because of the government getting engaged in dealing with the law and order situation. Sources told STATE TIMES that the Union Territory has no dearth of officers but vested interest in a section of the bureaucracy has never facilitated team spirit or involvement of the cadre officers in governance. As a result, some of the officers are not only shuffling from one or the other department as per their convenience but also hold additional charge of other departments. When asked, a former top bureaucrat said that even if the administration is facing manpower crunch at the top echelons of the administration, it can always seek repatriation of the officers on central deputation or seek replenishment from the Centre, which should not be a problem as Jammu and Kashmir is now a Union Territory. The ‘additional charge culture’ has been sagging morale of the officers at upper and middle rung bureaucracy, who are posted to ‘lesser important’ departments where they lose dash and drive. Some officers remain in the limelight in every dispensation as a result of self-proclaimed stature of being indispensable. Experts in public administration are worried over the ‘additional charge’ syndrome in Jammu and Kashmir, saying this impacts the smooth functioning of departments and lessens the accountability of the officer concerned, who take excuse of being over-burdened in case something goes wrong within departments under his or her charge. In the long run, this syndrome plays spoil sport in effective and accountable administration at all the levels. The IAS officers holding additional charge include Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor, who is also holding with additional charge of Administrative Secretary Information Technology and Science and Technology departments besides Chief Executive Officer JKGA; Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department is having additional charge of Principal Resident Commissioner J&K Government New Delhi, Smart Cities and proposed new Jammu, Srinagar MRDA; Asgar Hassan Samoon, Principal Secretary Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department is holding additional charge of the Administrative Secretary Transport Department. Naveen Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary Education Department is having additional charge of Administrative Secretary Technical Education. Pawan Kotwal Principal Secretary Revenue Department is with additional charge Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Inspector General Registration J&K; Hridesh Kumar, Commissioner Secretary School Education Department holds additional charge of Administrative Secretary Social Welfare Department; Khurshid Ahmed Shah, Commissioner Secretary Public Works, R&B Department has additional charge of Managing Director, J&K Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC); M Raju, Secretary to Power Development Department is having additional charge of the post of MD J&K Power Development Corporation; Manzoor Ahmed Lone, Secretary Horticulture Department holds additional charge of Administrative Secretary Agriculture Production Department; Simrandeep Singh Special Secretary, Department of Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction is having additional charge of Administrative Secretary DMRR and R and Managing Director J&K IT Infrastructure; Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar holds additional charge of the post of Chief Executive Officer, Special City Project and Smart City Mission for Srinagar; Sushma Choudhan Deputy Commissioner Jammu holds additional charge CEO Smart City Jammu; Sarmad Hafeez, Special Secretary Youth Services and Sports Department holds the charge of Administrative Secretary Youth Services and Sports Department; Farooq Ahmed Lone, Special Secretary GAD holds charge of Administrative Secretary of the Department besides Director General J&K IMPA and RD; Kumar Rajeev Ranjan Additional Chief Executive Officer Metropolitan Regulatory Authority Jammu is having additional charge of MD/CEO Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Jammu and MD CEO Srinagar Metro Rail Transport Corporation and Vice Chairman Jammu Development Agency; Bhupinder Kumar, Mission Director NHRM, CEO Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yogna holds additional charge of Excise Commissioner J&K; Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Additional Secretary Finance Department is having additional charge of CEO Mission Youth; Ravinder Kumar MD, J&K SIDCO holds additional charge of the post of MD J&K Trade Promotion Organization; Vikas Kundal, Additional CEO Metropolitan Regulatory Authority Srinagar is having additional charge of the post of Vice Chairman Srinagar Development Authority; Owais Ahmed, CEO, JAKEDA holds additional charge of MD J&K SRTC and Transport Commissioner J&K; Srikant Bala Suse, SDM South holds additional charge of the post of Sub Registrar Jammu South; Bilal Mohiuddin Bhat, SDM Karna Tangdar holds additional charge of post of Sub Registrar Karna Tangdar; Santosh Sukhadeve, SDM Mahore is having additional charge of Sub Registrar Mahore. Similarly, in the Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) cadre, Bilal Ahmed Bhat, Additional Commissioner in the office of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir is holding additional charge of Additional IG of Registration Kashmir; Rakesh Kumar Sarngal Additional Commissioner in the office of Divisional Commissioner Jammu additional charge of Additional IG Registration. Purnima Mittal, Additional District Development Commissioner Srinagar is holding additional charge of Director Animal Husbandry Kashmir; Gurvinder Jit Singh, ADC Udhampur holds the charge of Registrar Udhampur; Shabir Hussain Bhat, ADC Kulgam is Registrar Kulgam also; Altaf Ahmed Khan, ADC Pulwama holds additional charge of Registrar Pulwama; Pawan Kumar, ADC Kishtwar is having additional charge of Registrar Kishtwar; Abdul Aziz Sheilkh, ADC Shopian is Registrar Shopian also; Sukhdev Singh Sambyal, ADC Nowshera is holding additional charge of Registrar Nowshera; Kihore Lal Sharma, ADC Doda is Registrar Doda also; Mohd Ahzan Mir, ADC Baramulla is having additional charge of Registrar Baramulla; Khushiud Ahmed Shah, ADC Srinagar is Registrar Srinagar also; Zahoor Ahmed Mir, ADC Bandipora has been assigned the charge of Additional Registrar Bandipora; Mushtaq Ahmed, ADC Budgam is Registrar Budgam also; Gulzar Ahmed Bhat, ADC Anantnag is having additional charge of Sub Registrar Anantnag; Sandesh Kumar Sharma, ADC Billawar holds additional charge of Sub Registrar Billawar; Ashiq Hussain Lily, ADC Sopore has additional charge of Sub Registrar Sopore; Sher Singh, ADC Rajouri is Registrar Rajouri also; Surinder Mohan, ADC Kotranka is having additional charge of Sub Registrar Kotranka; Tilak Raj, ADC Basholi has additional charge of Sub Registrar Bashoili; Farooq Ahmed Baba, ADC Ganderbal is Registrar Ganderbal also; Vinod Kumar Behnal, ADC Sunderbani is holding additional charge of Sub Registrar Sunderbani; Krishan Lal, ADC Kalakot is Sub Registrar Kalakote also; Malikzada Sherzul Haq, ADC Poonch holds additional charge of post of Registrar District Poonch; Shabir Ahmed Raina, ADC Tral is has additional charge of Sub Registrar Tral; Mohd Anvar Banday, SDM Thatri is Sub Registrar Thatri also; Dil Mir SDM Ramsoo has additional charge of Sub Registrar Ramsoo; Shabir Ul Hassan, SDM Gulmarg has additional charge of Sub Registrar Gulmarg; Ghulam Rasool Wani, SDM Dooru has additional charge of Sub Registrar Dooru; Inderjit Singh, SDM Chatroo holds additional charge of Sub Registrar Chatrooo; Sushil Kesar, SDM Dharmari is having additional charge of Sub Registrar Thuroo, Dharmari; Chand Kishore Sharma, SDM Chowki Choura has additional charge of Sub Registrar Chowki Choura; Abdul Star, SDM Chenani has additional charge of Sub Registrar Chenani; Hamida Akhter SDM Srinagar West is holding additional charge of Sub Registrar Srinagar West, Shalteng; Anil Kumar Thakur, SDM Khour is Sub Registrar Khour also; Mohd Abdul Malik SDM Gurez has additional charge of Sub Registrar Gurez; Pradeep Singh Chib, SDM Dudu is also Sub Registrar Dudu; Saleem Ahmed SDM Surankote, Poonch is having additional charge of Sub Registrar Surankote; Ashok Kumar, SDM Katra has additional charge of Sub Registrar Katra; Sandeep Singh Bali, SDM Srinagar East is having additional charge of Sub Registrar Srinagar East and Khanyar; Gopal Singh, SDM Akhnoor is having additional charge of Sub Registrar Akhnoor; Joginder Singh Jasrotia, SDM Bani holds additional charge of Sub Registrar Bani; Syed Ahmed Kataria SDM Zainpora is holding additional charge of Sub Registrar Zainpora; Umar Shafi Pandit, SDM Noorabad is holding additional charge of Sub Registrar Noorabad, DH Pora; Tariq Hussain, SDM Marh has additional charge of Sub Registrar Marh; Syed Nasir Ahmed, SDM Pattan holds additional charge of Sub Registrar Patan; Chander Prakash, SDM Vijaypur is holding additional charge of Sub Registrar Vijaypur; Varun Jit Charak SDM Padar Kishtwar has additional charge of Sub Registrar Kishtwar and Pritam Lal Thappa SDM Gandoh is holding additional charge of Sub Registrar Gandoh.
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