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Govt panel submits report, suggests mechanism to finalize KAS seniority list

Srinagar: Bright chances for induction of around 40 officers into IAS Now all eyes on seriousness, swiftness of General Administration Department GAD. Government panel has submitted its detailed report and suggested a workable mechanism to finalize the seniority list of the officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service commonly known as KAS. Now, all the eyes are on the seriousness and swiftness of the General Administration Department, which is supposed to complete the exercise in a time bound manner and without any favouritism to settle the issue once for all.

The decision about examining the seniority issue afresh was taken by the Union Territory Government after numerous representations were made by the delegations of the KAS officers to the Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu and the Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam.

The committee which was constituted vide Government Order No.440 dated April 1, 2020 listened the grievances of the aggrieved KAS officers, who became victim of non-implementation of Rules in letter and spirit, scrutinized the record and finally submitted detailed report to the Government.

Though the issue of seniority was also debated by the Government committees in the past yet no way-out was suggested to bring an end to the confusion.
However, the present committee has touched all the aspects in the report and suggested workable mechanism so that issue is resolved once for all, sources said, adding “the committee is of the opinion that seniority issue would not have figured had the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service Rules 1979 been implemented in totality and without any arbitrariness”. “The guiding principles suggested by the committee can help the General Administration Department, which governs the KAS cadre, in framing error free seniority list of the premier administrative service of Jammu and Kashmir.

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