Govt in a fix over appointment of new Chief Secy

Khanday Emerges Frontrunner;Decision On Madhav Lal Likely This Week


Jammu, Jan 27: The Jammu and Kashmir government is in a fix over the appointment of new Chief Secretary for the State as the final decision regarding the appointment of incumbent Madhav Lal with the central government is now ‘almost certain’ this week.
 Official sources told Greater Kashmir that the Cabinet Committee on Appointment at the Government of India is expected to meet in New Delhi this week. “A final decision on the appointment of present Chief Secretary Madhav Lal as Secretary with a union government department is likely to be finalized in the meeting,” they said.
 Sources said that Lal has intimated the Department of Personnel and Trainings (DoPT) that he was available for the appointment as Secretary with the union government. “A final decision is likely to be taken in the upcoming CCA meeting,” sources said.
 With Lal’s appointment with the union government now almost certain, Jammu and Kashmir government is understood to be in a fix over its choice on replacing Lal.
 As per the official data, Parvez Dewan is the only 1977 batch IAS officer after Lal in the State followed by Anil Goswami and Pankaj Jain, both IAS officers of 1978 batches. While Dewan is posted as Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Goswami and Jain were posted as Secretary, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India and Secretary, Ministry of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India, respectively.
 They are followed by Muhammad Iqbal Khanday, a 1978-batch IAS officer and senior most Financial Commissioner in the State.
 Sources said all the three top IAS officers after Lal—Parvez Dewan, Anil Goswami and Pankaj Jain—were presently in the same grade as that of a Chief Secretary and were serving in the union government. “It is not certain whether the state government is serious in seeking their repatriation from the union government or not. So far no process has been initiated for the same,” the sources, privy to administrative developments in the state, said.
 They said the state government has to write to the DoPT in case it was interested in appointing any of the three officers in place of Madhav Lal. “Moreover, Dewan and Jain were reluctant in joining the State even when it had to appoint the Chief Secretary back in 2011,” they said.
 Sources said given this, the appointment of Muhammad Iqbal Khanday as the new chief secretary of the State seems to be very likely. “The government does not seem to have any other option at this point of time,” sources said, adding, “Moreover looking into his service record and administrative capabilities, Khanday has a strong edge.”
 According to sources, a majority of cabinet ministers in the State were also supporting Khanday’s appointment as the new chief secretary. “However, the government has kept all the options open and a formal decision is expected only after Lal’s new appointment is cleared by the union government,” they said.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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