Government Orders Transfers and Postings in Jammu and Kashmir Administration

Govt of J&K

Srinagar/Jammu: The Government of J&K today has issued Transfer Order, significant transfers and postings have been announced in various administrative positions within Jammu and Kashmir. These changes come as part of administrative restructuring to ensure efficient governance and optimal utilization of human resources. The order, numbered 817-JK(GAD) of 2024, issued on March 12, 2024, mandates immediate implementation.

  1. Mr. Amir Hussain Appointed as Special Officer, Auqaf, J&K: Mr. Amir Hussain, previously serving as Deputy Secretary in the J&K Public Service Commission, has been transferred and appointed as Special Officer for Auqaf, Jammu and Kashmir.
  2. Mr. Zakir Hussain Assumes Deputy Secretary Role in Power Development Department: Mr. Zakir Hussain, who held the position of Assistant Commissioner Panchayat in Kishtwar, will now serve as Deputy Secretary to the Government in the Power Development Department.Additionally, Mr. Phulail Singh, currently the Project Officer for Wage Employment in Kishtwar, will temporarily take charge as Assistant Commissioner Panchayat, Kishtwar, alongside his existing responsibilities.
  3. Mr. Mohsin Raza Relocated as District Mineral Officer, Rajouri: Mr. Mohsin Raza, previously serving as Deputy Secretary to the Government in the Health and Medical Education Department, has been transferred to the role of District Mineral Officer in Rajouri.
  4. Mr. Tariq Ahmad Reshi and Mr. Showkat Ahmad Bhat Trade Roles: Mr. Tariq Ahmad Reshi, Sub-Registrar in Sopore, will now assume the position of District Mineral Officer in Anantnag, while retaining additional responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer of the Municipal Council in both Sopore and Anantnag.Conversely, Mr. Showkat Ahmad Bhat, the former District Mineral Officer in Anantnag, will take over as Sub-Registrar in Sopore. Like Mr. Reshi, he will also hold the position of Chief Executive Officer in both Sopore and Anantnag.
  5. Mr. Mohd. Naseeb Transferred to Social Welfare Department: Mr. Mohd. Naseeb, who previously served as District Mineral Officer in Rajouri, will now take on the role of Deputy Secretary to the Government in the Social Welfare Department.
  6. Mr. Majad Jhangir Assigned Deputy Secretary Position in J&K Public Service Commission: Mr. Majad Jhangir, formerly Special Officer for Auqaf, J&K, will now serve as Deputy Secretary in the J&K Public Service Commission.

JK Govt Issues Appointment orders for APs in various subjects

Govt of J&K

The Higher Education Department of Jammu and Kashmir government has today issued Appointment orders for the Posts of Assistant Professors in the subjects of Commerce, Dogri and Environmental Science, the said candidates have been asked to Join in their respective division with in next 21 days, the orders of which a copy lies with is attached below here:

Commerce Order

Dogri Order

Environmental Science

JKPSC Opens portal for CCE Mains 2023 after CAT’s Order

Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission

The Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission(JKPSC) has finally opened its portal for the candidates who had appeared for JKAS Prelims examination 2023 and had qualified the test, but later on the result was revised following the contradiction in the final answer key, which made many candidates out/disqualified from the list.

The said candidates later on approached CAT Jammu and recently CAT gave its verdict in favor of the candidates and PSC was directed to allow these candidates for appearing in the Mains Examination, following this JKPSC Today has issued a notification and asked the said candidates to apply for Mains Test.

The Notification Reads as:

Pursuant to the interim order dated 05.03.2024, passed in OA No. 970/2023, titled Mohammad Iqbal Kumar and Ors Vs UT Of J&K & Ors, OA No 994/2023 titled Gazi Majeed Rather Vs UT Of J&K & Ors and OA No.40/2024, titled Deepika Dua Vs UT Of J&K & Ors the applicants in the said OAs are hereby informed to submit their online application forms for CCE (Mains) 2023, from 08.03.2024 to 10.03.2024.

High-Level Committee Formed to Investigate Revenue Papers of Land Acquisition in Digiana (Industrial Estate)

Govt of J&K

The government has sanctioned the formation of a High-Level Committee to address concerns regarding the revenue papers of land acquisition in Digiana (Industrial Estate) and to verify the availability of revenue records.

The committee, comprising eminent individuals from various departments, has been tasked with investigating the matter thoroughly and providing recommendations for further action. The members of the committee include:

  1. Divisional Commissioner, Jammu
  2. Deputy Commissioner, Jammu
  3. Managing Director, J&K SIDCO/SICOP
  4. Director, Industries & Commerce, Jammu
  5. General Manager, District Industries Centre, Jammu
  6. Representative from the Department of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs (not below the rank of Additional Secretary)
  7. Any other member to be co-opted by the Committee, as may be required.

The Terms of Reference for the committee have been outlined, with a focus on scrutinizing the revenue papers of land acquisition and verifying the availability of relevant records from the archives.

The committee will submit its findings and recommendations to the government, which will then determine the appropriate course of action.

This move reflects the government’s commitment to transparency and accountability in matters related to land acquisition and revenue records. It is expected that the committee’s investigation will shed light on any discrepancies and pave the way for corrective measures to be implemented.

The Chairman of the committee, Principal Secretary to the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor, J&K, has expressed confidence in the committee’s ability to fulfill its mandate effectively and in a timely manner.

JK Govt Announces Transfers and Postings Across Various Departments


In a recent Government Order (No.776-JK(GAD) of 2024) dated March 5, 2024, several transfers and postings have been announced across different administrative positions, effective immediately. The move aims to streamline administrative functions and enhance operational efficiency. Here are the key appointments:

  1. Ms. Rifat Aftab Qureshi: Transferred from Joint Director (Administration) in the Directorate of Rural Development, Kashmir, to Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Wullar-Manasbal.
  2. Dr. Tahir Firdous Dutta: Moved from Additional Secretary to the Government, Power Development Department, to Additional Commissioner (Central) in the office of Financial Commissioner (Revenue).
  3. Ms. Deepika Rana: Shifted from Additional Secretary to the Government, Department of Forest, Ecology, and Environment, to Chief Executive Officer, Jammu Urban Development Agency.
  4. Mr. Riyaz Ahmad Shah: Formerly Joint Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, holding additional charges, now transferred as Joint Director (Administration) in the Directorate of Rural Development, Kashmir.
  5. Mr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat: Reassigned from Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Wullar-Manasbal, to Joint Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation.
  6. Mr. Mohamamd Rashid: Assigned as Joint Director, Youth Services and Sports, Kashmir, after awaiting orders of posting in the General Administration Department.
  7. Mr. Fareed Ahmad Kohli: While holding the position of General Manager, DIC, Rajouri, is now tasked with the additional responsibility of Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Rajouri.

These transfers and postings, orchestrated by the Lieutenant Governor, signify a strategic realignment within the bureaucratic framework, aimed at bolstering various departments’ operational capacities and ensuring effective governance.

Shri Chandraker Bharti IAS appointed as Principal Secretary to J&K Home Department

IAS Chandraker Bharti

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has appointed Shri Chandraker Bharti, IAS (AGMUT:1996), as the Principal Secretary to the Government, Home Department, with immediate effect. The decision comes via Government Order No: 768-JK(GAD) of 2024, dated March 4, 2024, issued by the Lieutenant Governor.

Shri Chandraker Bharti, an engineering graduate from Delhi College of Engineering, brings a wealth of experience to his new role. Having joined the Indian Administrative Services in September 1996, he holds an M.Sc. degree in Public Management & Policy from the esteemed London School of Economics & Political Science, UK.

Bharti’s career spans over 24 years in Civil Services, during which he has held various pivotal positions. His previous assignments include serving as Additional Commissioner in the Department of Sales Tax, Government of NCT of Delhi, and as Director in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. He has also served as Development Commissioner across diverse Government Departments such as Agriculture, Finance & Planning, Industries & Commerce, and Information Technology in the Union Territory of Pondicherry. Additionally, he has briefly contributed to the Health & Family Welfare and Environment & Forest Departments of the Government of NCT of Delhi.

The appointment of Shri Chandraker Bharti, known for his extensive experience and expertise, underscores the government’s commitment to ensuring efficient administration and governance in crucial departments. His tenure as Principal Secretary to the Government, Home Department, is anticipated to bring forth strategic insights and effective leadership in addressing pertinent issues concerning home affairs.

Rehbar-e-Khel Teachers salary hiked by 50%


In a pivotal decision aimed at uplifting the role of physical education in schools across Jammu and Kashmir, the Administrative Council, led by Lieutenant Governor Sh. Manoj Sinha, has granted approval for a substantial 50% salary raise for 2417 Rehbar-e-Khel (ReK) physical education teachers within the Youth Services and Sports Department.

This landmark decision, reached during a meeting attended by key officials including Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Chief Secretary Atal Dulloo, and Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, marks a significant step towards recognizing the dedication and contribution of these educators.

The move comes following thorough deliberation and recommendation by a High Powered Committee established under the Chief Secretary’s purview in 2021, advocating strongly for the much-needed increase in honorarium for Rehbar-e-Khel teachers.

With this enhanced honorarium, the J&K administration aims not only to acknowledge the invaluable role played by physical education teachers but also to empower and incentivize them further in their efforts towards the promotion and proliferation of sports activities within schools across the Union Territory.

By investing in the professional growth and well-being of these educators, the administration underscores its unwavering commitment to fostering a culture of sports excellence and holistic education, thereby laying the foundation for a healthier and more active youth population in Jammu and Kashmir.

Government of Jammu and Kashmir Announces Administrative Transfers


In a move aimed at optimizing administrative efficiency, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has issued a series of transfers and postings with immediate effect, as per Government Order No.716-JK(GAD) of 2024, dated February 21, 2024.

Shri. Nazir Ahmad Bhat, who served as Private Secretary and was previously under transfer orders to the J&K Special Tribunal, has been reassigned to the Office of Chief Electoral Officer, J&K. Concurrently, Shri. Ajaz Ahmad Qureshi, also a Private Secretary, has been transferred from the Office of Chief Electoral Officer, J&K to the J&K Special Tribunal.

Furthermore, Shri. Aakash Kumar, Junior Stenographer, has been transferred from the Hospitality & Protocol Department to the Transport Department, where he will work with the Administrative Secretary. Similarly, Shri. Dinesh Kumar, Junior Stenographer, previously awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, has been posted in the Office of Chief Electoral Officer, J&K.

In addition, Shri. Raman Kumar and Shri. Manzoor Hussain, both serving as Daftaris, have been transferred from the Agriculture Production Department and the J&K Public Service Commission, respectively, to the Office of Chief Secretary, J&K.

Lastly, Shri. Ashish Singh, who held the position of MTS, has been transferred from the General Administration Department to the J&K Public Service Commission.

All the officers and officials affected by these transfers shall be considered relieved from their previous duties as per the order issued by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.

This reshuffle reflects the government’s commitment to streamline administrative operations for better service delivery and governance across various departments in the region.

For more information, please contact the General Administration Department, Civil Secretariat, Jammu and Kashmir.

Union Territory of J&K Establishes Steering Committee for Local Government Directory Standardization

Govt of J&K

In a significant move aimed at streamlining administrative processes, the Government of Jammu & Kashmir has announced the establishment of a Union Territory Level Steering Committee. This committee is tasked with the overarching responsibility of monitoring and standardizing the Local Government Directory (LGD) codes across the region.

According to Government Order No.709-JK(GAD) of 2024, dated February 20, 2024, the committee comprises key officials including the Chief Secretary of J&K, the Financial Commissioner of Revenue, and the Commissioner/Secretary to the Government of the Housing and Urban Development Department, among others.

The terms of reference outlined for the committee include:

  1. Standardizing Local Government Directory (LGD) codes in the Union territory of J&K.
  2. Adopting LGD as the standard directory across all databases within the Union territory.
  3. Recommending policy measures for LGD implementation.

This initiative is expected to enhance efficiency in governance by ensuring uniformity and coherence in data management systems across various departments and agencies within the Union territory.

The constitution of the Union Territory Level Steering Committee underscores the administration’s commitment to modernizing and optimizing administrative processes, furthering the territory’s developmental agenda.

The announcement comes as a significant step towards achieving administrative efficiency and transparency, ultimately benefiting the residents of Jammu & Kashmir.

Outrage Over Allegedly Casteist Forest Order Issued by DFO Langate in Kupwara

DFO Langate Casteist Letter

In a recent development, an official letter purportedly issued by the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Langate in Kupwara district of Jammu & Kashmir has sparked controversy and allegations of casteism. The letter, bearing Forest Order No. 43 for the year 2023-24 and dated February 17, 2024, has drawn sharp criticism for its discriminatory language targeting the Shepherd Community including Gujjars, Bakerwals, and Chopans.

Social activist Dr. Raja Muzaffar Bhat, among others, has condemned the contents of the letter, highlighting the insensitivity towards marginalized communities. Dr. Bhat demanded severe action against the Forest Officer responsible for issuing such an order.

DFO Langate Casteist Letter Order

The letter, addressed to the Range Officer of Mawar, cites a surprise inspection conducted at the Forest Check-post Langate, during which a forest official named Bashir Ahmad Dobhi, identified as a Forest Guard, was allegedly found wearing attire resembling that of a shepherd. The DFO, in the order, asserts that forest officials are expected to adhere to a proper dress code while on duty, particularly in sensitive postings.

Consequently, pending a departmental inquiry, Bashir Ahmad Dobhi has been placed under suspension and attached to the Range Office Rafiabad with immediate effect. The Range Officer of Mawar has been instructed to make internal arrangements to fill the gap left by the suspended official until suitable staff can be posted to the check-post.

The language and tone of the letter have raised concerns about the perpetuation of caste-based stereotypes and discrimination within government institutions. Critics argue that instead of focusing on the individual’s performance and conduct, the order appears to target and stigmatize a specific community based on their traditional attire and occupation.

As calls for accountability grow louder, many are urging authorities to investigate the matter thoroughly and take appropriate action to address the underlying issues of discrimination and prejudice within the administration.

Efforts to reach out to the Divisional Forest Officer for comment on the matter have been ongoing, but as of now, no response has been received.