Practice of posting non-local IAS, IPS officers in JK should stop, KAS officers deserve more, says civil society

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Srinagar: Asking government to stop the practice of posting non local IAS and IPS officers in the state, Civil Society Coordination Committee has demanded that local KAS officers should be given more responsibility in the administration.

In a statement JKCSCC member Muzaffar Ahmad Shah said that the practice of installing non local IAS and IPS officers in the state since 1958 should come to halt now as the local KAS officers deserve much more responsibilities in the administration. He said that in the current scenario 95% non local officers have occupied vital positions in the administration which is contrary to the provisions laid down in the Article 370 which was later approved in 1952 Delhi agreement.

Meanwhile the other members of the Civil Society Coordination committee including Grand Deputy Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam, Sikh Federation Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina, Advocate Mir Javed, Advocate Yasmin Wani and Muzafar Shah have welcomed National Conference decision to stay away from local body polls.

They have urged other local political parties also to make their stand clear and said that all eyes of the public are on them. They said that unless petitions on Article 35-A are not rejected, the fight will continue. The Coordination Committee also criticized National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s recent statement and suggested Doval to go through the pre and post 1947 Kashmir’s political history.

Doval had said that that having a separate constitution for Jammu and Kashmir was ‘probably an aberration’ and stressed on the fact that sovereignty can never be compromised.

Doval also commended the Patel for making significant contributions. He said that sovereignty cannot be ‘diluted and ill-defined’ and said that when the ‘British left, probably they did not want to leave India as a strong, sovereign state.’

He said that Patel had ‘seen through’ the plans of disintegration in the country by the British.

“His contribution is not about the merger of the states, it is only a means to an end. The thing was that to make a sovereign state in which there was the sovereignty of the people was established in the Constitution, which is applicable to the whole of it. Probably with Jammu and Kashmir, where the Constitution was…in a truncated form.. another constitution of J&K continued to exist, which is aberration,” he said.

(With inputs from KNS)

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