Centre merges Jammu & Kashmir Cadre of IAS, IPS with AGMUT cadre

Through the ordinance, the members of the IAS, IPS and IFS for the existing cadre of J&K, shall now be a part of the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories cadre.
Centre merges Jammu & Kashmir Cadre of IAS, IPS with AGMUT cadre
J&K

The President of India on Thursday promulgated the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021, through which members of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service for the existing cadre of Jammu and Kashmir have been made part of the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories cadre.

Towards this end, changes have been made to Sections 13 and 88 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.

By way of the amendment, all future allocation of All India Services Officers of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh shall become part of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories Cadre (AGMUT).

The ordinance has made the following amendment to Section 13:

In section 13 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019 (hereinafter referred to as the Principal Act), after the words, figures and letter “in article 239A”, the words “or any other article containing reference to elected members of the Legislative Assembly of the State” shall be inserted.

In Section 88 of the principal act, for sub-sections (2) to (6), the following sub-sections have been substituted, namely:

“(2) The members of the Indian Administrative Service , Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service for the existing cadre of Jammu and Kashmir, shall be borne and become part of the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories cadre, and all future allocations of All India Service Officers for the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh shall be made to Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories cadre for which necessary modifications may be made in corresponding cadre allocation rules by the Central Government.

(3) The officer so borne or allocated on Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories cadre shall function in accordance with the rules framed by the Central Government.

Notably, the move comes over a year after the Centre abrogated Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370 of the Constitution in August 2019 and bifurcated the State into two Union Territories.

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