Jammu: Will the government bringing about an amendment to Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service Rules to delink Promotee Quota of Secretariat-I service from KAS cadre?
Sources said that a process has been initiated and a report in this regard has been prepared by the committee under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary Home department to be placed before the Establishment Cum Selection committee scheduled to be held on Tuesday, February 27.
The committee has reportedly proposed to delink the Promotee Quota of Secretariat-I service from KAS cadre and has proposed a fixed number of posts to be reserved for them at the levels of Deputy Secretary, Additional Secretary and above.
They said the posts of Deputy Secretary and above are meant for the officers of KAS cadre after formal induction and thus all Direct Recruits, departmental feeding services and those entering the service through technical quota have a set procedure to man those posts. They said creating a separate vertical for a single cadre, by ignoring the other stakeholders, goes against the basic principles of natural Justice.
The government in the garb of enhancing the promotion prospects of Non Gazetted cadre of Secretariat service, the sources said, is trying to belittle the State Civil Services cadre and ignore the merit.
They said that the move would be “demoralizing” for the officers entering the elite services through a tough 3 Tier examination.
At the time, they said, when state is synchronizing the state services with that of the trends at UPSC, there is a possibility that the Secretariat Non gazetted service could be synchronized with that of IAS thereby virtually put an end to the interlinking KAS cadre. By this logic, they said, an employee entering the secretariat Services at junior assistant level was bound to rise to the level of Special Secretary.
One of the members of the KAS said that a person would prefer to enter the secretariat at junior assistant level rather hat a post as high as special secretary.