In a move that has led to widespread resentment among Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) officers, all 22 posts of Deputy Commissioners (DCs) in J&K have been proposed for Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers in the cadre review of the service undertaken by the J&K government.
Official sources told Greater Kashmir that State Administrative Council which met on Thursday in Jammu reserved all DC posts for IAS officers on the basis of the recommendation of the Establishment-Cum-Selection Committee.
The SAC recommendation for increasing the cadre strength of IAS in J&K to 145 posts will now go the Government of India for approval.
Presently, JK has 137 sanctioned posts of IAS officers.
A Cabinet sub-committee constituted by the previous PDP-BJP government had for the first time proposed some DC posts for KAS officers. In its recommendation, the CSC had recommended eights posts of DCs in the newly carved out districts for KAS officers while remaining 14 positions of district heads were meant for IAS officers.
The SAC move has left KAS officers fuming, who have appealed Governor NN Vohra to re-look at the exercise.
In a statement issued late Friday evening, KAS Officers Association strongly criticized the SAC decision.
"The SAC has not only ignored the recommendation of the Cabinet Sub-Committee but also deleted some more posts of HoDs from the KAS Cadre," the Association said.
"The Cabinet Sub-Committee recommendations were based on giving a reasonable and justified opportunity to the large cadre of KAS and also giving an opportunity to the IAS Probationers for gaining experience before they were given charge of a District."
He said several other anomalies addressed by CSC have totally been ignored.
"The KAS Association requests the Government to review its decision and do justice to the large KAS Cadre giving them adequate opportunities for career development," it further said.
Meanwhile, sources told Greater Kashmir that SAC, which is scheduled to meet on Saturday afternoon in the Civil Secretariat, is likely to finalize KAS cadre review.