Major administrative reshuffle in Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu: Days after being beset with various controversies, the recently formed Jammu and Kashmir government today took a major decision at a cabinet meeting here regarding transfer of bureaucrats and police officers.“Today’s cabinet meet is in a way first business meeting. As all of you know that this cabinet has arrived in a perspective which is marked by an outrage at the national level and within the state on various issues especially lack of probity, lack of accountability in administration,” ruling PDP’s spokesperson Naeem Akhtar told reporters here.
“We thought that the new government’s first major challange is to try and give a major face-lift to the administration so that credibility is restored,” he said, adding that “sincere effort has been made to make the best use of available human resources” so that the staff is ultilised in the “best possible way”.
The meeting also saw a concern being raised over the lack of a state public services commission.
The cabinet meeting comes after a row over Jammu and Kashmir state flag, release of hardline separatist leader Masarat Alam besides Mufti’s remarks crediting Pakistan and Hurriyat for successful elections.
Over half a dozen of IPS officers of the ranks of IG and DIG have been shifted.
Senior IAS officer Lateef-ul-Zaman Deva has been appointed as the chairman of the State Public Service Commission.
Senior IAS officer Pawan Kotwal got the post of the divisional commissioner Jammu, Syed Gazanfar Hussain was posted as the new divisional commissioner of the Kashmir division.
Rohit Kansal has been appointed as new commissioneras well as secretary of the public works department, Shantmanu has been posted as principal secretary health.
Financial commissioner in planning department B R Sharma has been given additional charge of the Principal Secretary in the home department for relieving Suresh Kumar for central deputation.
S J M Gillani has been posted as the new IGP Kashmir zone, while Danish Rana got the post of IGP Jammu zone.
IGP Kashmir Abdul Ghani Mir has been shifted and posted as the new CID chief of the state.