Ahmed Ali Fayyaz

SRINAGAR: Empanelment of two senior IAS officers of Jammu and Kashmir cadre as Secretary/Secretary equivalent in Government of India is due to affect some changes in the top rungs of bureaucracy in the Union Territory.
Sudhanshu Panday (IAS-1987), who has been on Central deputation since 16 November 2012 and is currently posted as Joint Secretary in Department of Commerce, and Financial Commissioner (Finance) Arun Kumar Mehta (IAS-1988) are the two J&K cadre IAS officers who are among 28 IAS officers of 1987 and 1988 batches whose empanelment as Secretary/Secretary equivalent has been approved by the Union Cabinet on 13 April.
Panday being reluctant to return to J&K is likely to continue further on the Central deputation. Knowledgeable sources revealed that consequent upon the empanelment of 28 IAS as Secretary/Secretary equivalent and 6 more IAS officers of 1987 and 1988 batches as Secretary equivalent, Government of India was currently considering a Secretary level posting for both Panday and Mehta. This, according to sources, was also becoming necessary as two Secretary level officers would not normally function in a State or UT.
J&K Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, 1987-batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, had been empanelled last year as Secretary/Secretary equivalent in Government of India. He too is likely to continue as CS in J&K.
Department of Personnel and Training would be soon completing the formality of seeking the consent of the Central deputation and superior posting of Panday and Mehta from the UT Government. Following the consent, both the J&K IAS officers would be placed as Secretary to Government of India in two different departments. Consequent upon Mehta’s appointment and posting as Secretary in the Union Government, one of the senior IAS officers, FC or Principal Secretary, would be appointed as administrative Secretary Finance in J&K. This is likely to lead to a chain of transfers and appointments in the UT bureaucracy at different levels.
Currently on Central deputation and posted as Chairman Staff Selection Commission, J&K’s senior most IAS officer B.R. Sharma (IAS-1984) is retiring from service at the end of this month. Others on the top rungs of the ladder-1987-batch P.K. Tripathi (empanelled as Secretary and currently posted as incharge Secretary in DoPT), Sudhanshu Panday (IAS-1987), 1988-batch Sandeep Kumar Nayak (currently MD National Cooperative Development Corporation of India) -are already on Central deputation and unlikely to return to J&K.
In case no officer returns from the Central deputation, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Atal Dulloo (IAS-1989) would become the senior most IAS officer available in the UT after Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam and Mehta from the UT Government. Following the consent, both the J&K IAS officers would be placed as Secretary to Government of India in two different departments. Consequent upon Mehta’s appointment and posting as Secretary in the Union Government, one of the senior IAS officers, FC or Principal Secretary, would be appointed as administrative Secretary Finance in J&K. This is likely to lead to a chain of transfers and appointments in the UT bureaucracy at different levels.
Currently on Central deputation and posted as Chairman Staff Selection Commission, J&K’s senior most IAS officer B.R. Sharma (IAS-1984) is retiring from service at the end of this month. Others on the top rungs of the ladder-1987-batch P.K. Tripathi (empanelled as Secretary and currently posted as incharge Secretary in DoPT), Sudhanshu Panday (IAS-1987), 1988-batch Sandeep Kumar Nayak (currently MD National Cooperative Development Corporation of India) -are already on Central deputation and unlikely to return to J&K.
In case no officer returns from the Central deputation, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Atal Dulloo (IAS-1989) would become the senior most IAS officer available in the UT after Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam.