Jammu, December 01: During cadre review of Administrative Services, the Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC) has questioned as to why the genuine complaints of the local Civil Services officials has not been addressed even after a series of proposals to streamline the administration and give due share to the officers of Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS). CSC said that the issues have been highlighted for a long time and still no action has been taken about them.
As per reports in a leading local daily, the Committee which is headed by State’s Dy CM Dr. Nirmal Singh has proposed 50:50 ratio for posting of the Deputy Commissioners in the State. The sources has called it a significant decision and said that the decision will help strengthening of local cadre.
The sources said that the aim of proposal is to encourage local officials in the civil administration and if it gets accepted by the cabinet, there would be at least 11 KAS officers entitled for posting as the Deputy Commissioners in 22 districts of the State which was a long pending demand of the KAS officers.
At the present moment, the IAS officer who are posted as DCs in the state are said to have experience of three to four years but it is believed that CSC in its proposal has demanded experience time period to be increased and it should be minimum 10 years,
There are also a number of other proposals made by CSC during the meeting. The list includes
- Posts of Secretaries should be increased to accommodate more KAS officers.
- KAS officers should be given posts of Head of Departments (HoDs) as per their cadre strength.
- There should be separate Administrative Secretaries for Hospitality and Protocol, Information and Tourism Departments to accommodate more officials.
The CSC discussed in detail the draft proposal to be submitted to the Cabinet for consideration to streamline the administration. Though a number of proposals were made but the meeting remained inconclusive. The members decided to meet again to take up more suggestions and proposals before finalizing them to submit them to the Cabinet.
Pertinently, the cabinet constituted the committee in August after a number of complaints poured in by KAS officers for being mistreated in the civil administration. It is headed by Dr Nirmal Singh comprised Health and Medical Education Minister Lal Singh, Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu, Education Minister Naeem Akhter and Animal and Sheep Husbandry Minister Sajjad Gani Lone.