During more than three years of its rule, People’s Democratic Party-led government has been unable to persuade the Centre to restore induction of local civil servants into 50 percent of central services posts.
Since 2014, after the PDP-BJP government was formed in the state, J&K’s who’s who, including Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Governor NN Vohra and successive chief secretaries, have vainly requested the government of India to restore the quota under which Kashmiri officers were inducted into prestigious IAS, IPS and IFS.The quota was extended from time to time by successive governments at the Centre including that of Atal Bihari Vajaypee, but not after the last such extension expired on 31 December 2013.
Under the quota, J&K inducted local officers against 50 percent vacancies in state government, central deputation reserve, state deputation reserve and training reserve.
Other states can induct only 33 per cent of their officers into these services.
A senior bureaucrat told that Government of India’s “stubborn” approach on the issue has created a “crisis-like situation” for the state.
Many local bureaucrats spoke to say the 50 percent special case for Jammu and Kashmir went against BJP’s political views about the state.Since it remains unclear whether the state would get the special 50 percent or the 33 percent quota like others, central authorities have not determined vacancies in IAS, IPS and IFS since 2014.If the state loses the 50 percent quota, representation of local officers in these services, which is minimal at present, would decrease further.Indecisiveness over the quota restoration has also halted cadre review under which services are restructured to the ever changing needs.
During the last budget session, former chief minister and NC working president Omar Abdullah had slammed the state government for “failing to get the quota restored”.PDP minister Naeem Akther said the state government has been “vigorously” pursuing the issue with the Centre.“This is a historical requirement and we are pursuing it,” he said.
A senior bureaucrat had told this newspaper on March 1 that Centre has agreed to restore 50 percent quota for the previous years.
But till date, no such decision has been notified by the Centre.