The Jammu and Kashmir cadre of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFoS) were merged into the AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territory) cadre on Thursday. Posting of its officers can be done by the central government.
According to a notification issued by President Ram Nath Kovind and the Ministry of Law and Justice, IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service officers of the Jammu and Kashmir cadre will now be part of the AGMUT cadre. Now, officers of Jammu and Kashmir cadre will be appointed in Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territory. Necessary amendments may be made by the Central Government in the relevant cadre allocation rules.
Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir cadre officers were not appointed in other states. But now after the new order, the officers here can be appointed in other states. The capital Delhi also comes under the AGMUT cadre. In the coming time, officers of Delhi will also be appointed in Jammu and Kashmir. At the same time, officers of Jammu and Kashmir cadre will be appointed in Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Mizoram.
Taking a historic step in August 2019, the central government had withdrawn special state status from Jammu and Kashmir. Subsequently, the state was converted into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. This step has been taken more than a year after the government’s decision.