SPECIAL REPORT / ANCHOR
Empanelment of KAS officers for induction into IAS is going to be a hugely stupendous task for the Selection Committee, especially in the wake Jammu and Kashmir becoming a Union Territory and the prospect of 67: 33 formula instead of earlier 50:50 ratio. Obviously the vacancies will be lesser for significantly larger aspirants. Therefore, formulation of penal for consideration of the Department of Personnel and Trainings (DoPT), operating under Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is going to be tedious one.
Drop in the induction into IAS has already irked the local officers, as the J&K Reorganisation Act approved by the Parliament in August last year reads, “In future, the All India Service officers to be posted to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir or Union Territory of Ladakh, as the case may be, shall be borne on the Arunachal, Goa, Mizoram Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre, and necessary modifications in corresponding cadre allocation rules may be made accordingly, by the Central government.”
Sources told STATE TIMES that Jammu and Kashmir Government has been advised to exercise maximum caution while preparing the panel, keeping in view the integrity and overall reputation of the KAS to be recommended. Seniority should not be the sole criterion but impetus must be on suitability. This, the sources added, has unnerved some of the aspirants, who were thriving on seniority and their proximity with higher echelons in the bureaucracy as also in the ruling political clan.
A senior IAS officer, on the condition of anonymity, said that a few KAS officers with pending corruption cases in the Anti-Corruption Bureau, as also related cases in the courts, are struggling hard to get into the penal for induction into the IAS under promotion quota.
Of course, the Selection Committee generally evolves rigorous methods for the most suitable officer not necessarily on the basis of seniority, as the entire process comes under the scanner DoPT in the PMO. The penal, therefore, undergoes several checks and cross-checks with background check of the officer recommended. Both the DoPT and the recommending authority ensures that there is no pending corruption case pending against the officers. Not only this but their conduct, in accordance with the service rules, besides careful scrutiny of property statements are also the key factors for induction into the premier service of the country. Generally the property statements of all the officers are available on the official website but their scrutiny becomes necessary while consideration of the officer for induction into IAS.
As per Rule 4 (2)(b) of the IAS (Recruitment) Rules 1954, read with Regulation 5 (1) of the IAS (Appointment by Promotion) Regulations, the Jammu and Kashmir Government is required to submit a panel the ratio of 1:3 to the DoPT. Once the panel so is submitted, the officers included would be assessed by Annual Performance Reports of preceding years as prescribed under Rules as also the criteria laid down therein.
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