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Government Promulgates J&K Reorganisation (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 to merge J&K Cadre Officers with AGMUT

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Centre merges J&K cadre officers with AGMUT

Government of India promulgated an Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 by amending the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019 to merge the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) cadre of All India Services Officers like IAS, IPS & Indian Forest Service (IFoS) with the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.

i.With this, officers from the Union Territories & above mentioned States can now be placed in J&K and vice versa.

ii.The ordinance was signed by President Ram Nath Kovind amended section 13 & 88 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019, it was issued by the Ministry of Law & Justice.

Amendments:

Amendment in Section 88 of J&K Reorganisation Act,2019 for sub-sections (2) to (6):

  • Section 88 of the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019 amended.The amendment states that The members of the IAS, IPS and IFS for the existing cadre of J&K shall be borne and become part of the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Territory cadre and all future allocations of All India Services officers for the Union Territory of J&K and the UT of Ladakh shall be made to AGMUT cadres for which necessary modifications may be made in corresponding cadre allocation rules by the Central government.

Amendment in Section 13 of J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019:

  • The Ordinance also amended Section 13 of the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019 by inserting the words “or any other article containing reference to elected members of the legislative Assembly of the State”.

KeyPoints:

i.The move will help tackle the shortage of All India Services Officers in J&K owing to an earlier rule fixing the ratio of direct recruits in Civil Services to promotees from J&K State Civil Services (Kashmir Administrative Service) at 50:50 instead of 67:33 formula followed in other states.

ii.Now, J&K cadre officers will report directly to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). As MHA will be the final authority of service matters such as inter segment transfers of officers, promotions, foreign deputations.

iii.It will help in addressing the shortage of All India Services Officers in J&K.

iv.This is the First amendment in the Reorganisation law after it was approved by the Indian Parliament in August, 2019.

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About Ministry of Home Affairs:
Union Minister  – Amit Shah
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