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NC expresses apprehensions over appointment of retired IAS officer as chairman JKPSC

Appeals GoI to ensure 70 percent of the all India service officers in JK are locals

Post by on Wednesday, June 8, 2022

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Srinagar, June 07: National Conference (NC) on Tuesday expressed apprehensions over the appointment of a retired IAS officer as chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC), alleging that the government is resorting to injustice with local qualified officers and pushing them to the wall.
 
Addressing media persons, the party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar alleged the way locals of the J&K are being disempowered at every level is highly “unfortunate” and “a matter of concern”.
 
“The Government is bringing people from outside J&K who don’t know even the topography of the region. Is there no local officer capable to head JKPSC,” he questioned.
 
Dar said that every department comprises of over 90 percent non-local officer while as locals who qualified IAS, KAS and other elite examinations are being disempowered.
 
The NC spokesperson alleged the government is resorting to “injustice” with local qualified officers who should have been given topmost priority during appointments. 
 
“The appointment of a retired IAS officer as chairman of the JKPSC is one more step towards systematic downsizing of locals from the J&K administration. They way locals of J&K are being deprived and disempowered at every level is unfortunate and regretful,” NC spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said.
 
He said the non-local bureaucratic system is so strong in J&K that every department is witnessing their penetration. “Be it chief secretary, DGP, HoD’s, DCs, SSPs, over 90 percent of the heads of departments are non-locals. Does it mean you do not trust the local officers”, he said.
 
The NC spokesperson said with J&K losing its status “unconstitutionally and undemocratically” the ratio of locals in the bureaucracy has reduced to 33 percent.
 
He said it is imperative for the Government of India to make amendments to this rule and ensure 70 percent of the all India service officers in JK are locals. “This step will give a sense of entitlement to locals”, he added.
 
Notably the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor on Saturday appointed retired IAS officer Satish Chandra as Chairman, Public Service Commission. He will hold the position till he attains the age of sixty-two years.

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