Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Muslims a minority in Govt services in Muslim majority state

*Most HODs non-Muslims; no Muslim heads vital departments like Home, Finance and Planning, Health, Industry and Works

*Since 1947, out of 24 only 8 Chief Secretaries from the majority community

Naseer A Ganai

Srinagar, May 1: While the Sachar Committee report has painted a dismal picture of the condition of Indian Muslims, the plight of the community in Jammu and Kashmir, according to senior government officials is no better. Muslims figure at bottom when it comes to their share in the state administration. And to top it, they’re a distant minority in the top bureaucratic positions.

Official sources said out of 63 IAS officers–both direct and inducted–30 are Muslims, 28 Hindus, three Sikhs and two Buddhists. Muslim representation in the present top bureaucratic line up is zero. Most of the Financial Commissioners and Principal Secretaries of the state happen to be non-Muslims. No Muslim bureaucrat heads important departments like Home, Finance and Planning, Health, Industry, and Works. The only senior-most Muslim IAS officers are Iqbal Khandey and Khurshid Ahmed Ganai. While Ladakh region has had its first Chief Secretary in the shape of the incumbent C Phunsong, only eight of the 24 CS’ since 1947 were Muslims.

Situation in the police department is worse.

Since 1914, when the post of J&K police chief was first created by the then Maharaja of Kashmir, the state had only two Muslim police chiefs. In fact from 1914 to 1979, no police chief was a Muslim. The situation was no different till last year. The state’s seven DGPs and five ADGP rank officers are non-Muslims and only four of 15 IGP ranks are Muslims.

And down the line in police, there’re only six Muslims among the 15 DIGs and only 26 among 87 SSPs. Muslims form less than one-third of the IPS officers. Out of 111 IPS officers, only 33 are Muslims who include an IPS officer of Bihar cadre, Abdul Gani Mir who was repatriated to the state last year.

Though the state’s civil service, the Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) shows somewhat different picture, it won’t remain the same for long. Out of 343 officers, 217 are Muslims. But if the last two KAS results are anything to go by, this will also change soon.

Muslims form a small percentage of the candidates who passed the two KAS exams held in the past five years. In 2001, for example, only 80 out of the 208 successful candidates were Muslims. Similarly in 2004, of a total of 137 successful candidates only 62 were Muslims.

The question is not only how many Muslims are there at higher position but how many are there from the Jammu and Kashmir state at the decision making level. Of course the Chief Secretary is from Ladakh but what about the rest of the top-level bureaucracy?

Top two officers presently holding principal secretary position are non-locals. They are Ajit Kumar and SB Mathur. The financial commissioner BR Singh and Principal Secretary Agriculture Satinder Singh too are non-locals. Manu Des Lupin, Additional Secretary Agriculture, Government of India, is on deputation in the state, and Sham Singh Kupur, presently Principal Secretary Planning is also a non- state subject.

AS Sidhu, Samuel Vergese, Madav Lal, Babu Lal Navesh, Pankaj Jain, Dr Arun Kumar, Sonali Kumar, and PG Dharchakerverty are Principal Secretaries heading different departments. They are all non-state subjects.

Now have a look at the Commissioner Secretaries who are from the state: Brij Raj Sharma, Promod Jain, Atul Dulu, Basharat Ahmad Dhar, Devender Nagrotra, and Mehbood Iqbal. The number of Commissioner Secretaries from other parts of India is 10. They are: KB Agarwal, BB Vyas, Lokesh Jha, Suresh Kumar, Pradeep Tripathi, Sudesh Panday, Sandeer Naik, Arun Kumar Malhotra, Umang Narola, and RK Gowel.

The non-local Secretaries are: Shant Munu, Shailendra Kumar, Vipul Pathak, AK Parimar, and Deeraj Gupta.

However, some officials of the Public Service Commission, attribute the growing low percentage of candidates from Valley in administrative services to “lack of interest” among the Valley candidates in the KAS examinations. A senior PSC official said that in July 2005 some 7000 candidates from Valley appeared for the preliminary examination. From Jammu, 11,000 appeared. Some even attribute low percentage of Muslims in government services to “lack of Muslim educated class” in the state.

But the opinion runs contrary to the findings of the Sachar Committee report which paints an encouraging picture of the educational status of the Valley Muslims.

According to the report, the primary class enrolment of Muslim children exceeded 5.3 lakh last year with the boy-girl ratio a healthy 50.3: 49.7. The number of Muslim male literates has increased by 25 percent and the women by 23 percent over the past two decades, revealed the Sachar Committee findings.

Besides, Kashmir produces more than 16,000 Muslim graduates every year and the number of postgraduates crosses 3,000 annually. The figure for female students pursuing higher education is also encouraging. Of the 57,000 students enrolled in colleges, more than 25,000 are girls.

On the contrary, despite the hullabaloo about the proliferation of Islamic seminaries across the Valley, only 2691 students–950 of them girls—are enrolled in the Darul Ulooms.

 

 

 

In Box

List of IAS Officers of J&K cadre as on 11.11.2005

 

 

In Box

List of IAS Officers of J&K cadre as on 11.11.2005

 

S.No.

Name of the officer

 

S/Shri

1.

Ajit Kumar  

2.

Amit Kushari

3.

Vijay Bakaya

4.

Sohan Behari Mathur

5

Birinder Raj Singh

6

Gurmukh Das Wadhwa

7.

Chewang Phunsog

8.

Balwant Rai Kundal

9

Sadanand V. Bhave.

10

Satinder Singh Sahni.

11

S.Maria Desalphine.

12

Sham Singh Kapur.

13

Azmer Singh Sidhu.

15

Samuel Verghese.

16

Madhav Lal

17

Parvez Dewan

 

18

Babu Lal Nimesh

19

Anil Goswami

20

Pankaj Jain

21

Mohammad Iqbal Khanday.

22

Dr. Arun Kumar

23

Mrs. Sonali Kumar

24

Prabodh Gopal Dhar Chakraborty

25

Dr.Ravi Kulbushan Jerath

26

Ashok Kumar Angurana

27

Khurshid Ahmed Ganai

28

Brij Raj Sharma

29

Krishan Ballabh Agarwal

30

Pramod Kumar Jain

31

Bharat Bushan Vyas

32

Rakesh Kumar Gupta

33

Lokesh Dutt Jha

34

Suresh Kumar

35

Pradip Kumar Tripathi

36

Sudhanshu Panday

37

Sandeep Kumar Nayak

38

Arun Kumar Mehta

39

Khurshid Ahmad Malik

40

Najamus Saqib

41

Atal D                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ulloo

42

Umang Narulla

43

Basharat Ahmad Dhar

44

Devinder Nargotra

45

Mohammad Manzoor Bhat

46

Sham Lal

47

Raj Kumar Goyal.

48

Mehboob Iqbal

50

.Dr. Mohammed Deen

51

Shant Manu.

52

Shaleen Kabra

53

Bipul Pathak

54

Ashok Kumar  Parmar

55

K.R.Padha.

56

A.K.Garyali

57

S. Charanjit Singh

58

Dheeraj Gupta

59

Asgar Hassan Samoon

60

N.K.Verma

61

K.M.Wani

62

Khalid Habib

63

Ms  Naseem Lanker

 

64

Dalip Singh

 

65

P.S.Betab

66

M.H.Samoon

67

Abdul Hamid

68

Navin Kumar Choudhary

 

69

Dr.Pawan Kotwal

 

70.

Rohit Kansal

71

Shalender Kumar

 

72

Sheikh Nisar Ahmad

 

73

M.S.Khan

 

74

K.B.Jandial

75

Ghulam Ahmad Peer

76

R.K.Thusu

77

A.K.Raina

 

79

Ms.  Tanveer Jehan.

80

Syed Fazalullah

81

Azad Ahmad Lone

82

Jeet Lal Gupta

83

V.K.Bakshi

84

Bishen Dass Sharma

85

Bashir Ahmad Khawaja

86

Gowhar Ahmed

87

Pradeep Gupta

88

B.A.Runiyal

89

Sheikh Ejaz Iqbal

90

Farooq Ahmad Pir

91

Yedullah

92

Smt. Sunita Sharma

93.

Abdul Hamid Wani

94

Bua Ditta

95

Kachoo Isfandyar Khan

96

Tashi Dorjee

97

Manoj Kumar Dwivedi

98

Hirdesh Kumar

99

Mrs. Sarita Chauhan

100

Sanjeev Verma

 

101

Dr. Mandeep K. Bhandari

 

102

Saurabh Bhagat

103

Ajeet Kumar Sahu

104

Ghulam Hassan Tantray`

105

Mandeep Kaur

106

Pandering Kondabarao Pole

107

M. Raju

108

Shalini Singh

 

 

List of IAS Officers of Jammu and Kashmir

Cadre on Central Deputation as on 01.01.2005

S.

No.

Name of the officer

1.

Chewang Phunsog

2

Shiban Lal Bhat

3

Pankaj Jain

4

P.G.Dhar Chakorbhorty

5

Ashok Kumar Angurana

6

Krishan Ballabh Agarwal

7

P.K. Tripathi

8

Suresh Kumar

9

Sudhanshu Panday

10

Sandeep Kumar Nayak

11

Raj Kumar Goyal.

12

Shant Manu.

13

Shaleen Kabra

14

Bipul Pathak

15

Navin Kumar Choudhary

 

 

INCUMBENCY POSITION OF some of THE IAS OFFICERS OF J&K AS on 01-01-2005

S.No.

Name of the Officer

Date of Retirement

 

 

 

01.

Khurshid Ahmad Malik

30.04.2006

02.

Mumtaz Afzal

31.03.2005

03.

Najamus Saqib

30.11.2006

04.

Basarat Ahmad Dhar

31.12.2011

05.

Harbajan Singh

31.05.2005

06.

Davinder Nargotra

31.10.2001

07.

Mohammad Manzoor Bhat

30.06.2006

08.

Sham Lal

31.03.2006

09.

Feroz Ahmad

31.10.2005

10.

Mehboob Iqbal

30.11.2011

11.

S.Mahajan

31.01.2005

12.

Dr.Mohammad Deen

31.12.2006

13.

K.R.Padha

30.06.2007

14.

A.K.Garyali

31.08.2007

15.

S.Charanjit Singh

31.05.2006

16.

N.K.Verma

31.05.2010

17.

Khazir Mohammad Wani

31.03.2009

18.

Khalid Habib

31.07.2009

19.

Mtr.Naseem Lanker

28.02.2012*

20.

Dalip Singh

28.02.2009*

21.

Pritpal singh Betab

31.05.2009

22.

M.H.Samoon

31.08.2009

23.

Abdul Hamid

31.05.2011

24.

Sheikh Nisar Ahmad

31.10.2007

25.

M.S.Khan

31.01.2007

26.

K.B.Jandial

30.11.2009

27.

Ghulam ahmad Peer

31.03.2012

28.

R.K.Thusu

31.03.2010

29.

A.K.Raina

30.04.2012

30.

Tanveer Jehan

31.08.2015

31.

Syed Fazalullah

 

32.

Azad Ahmad Lone

31.03.2014

33.

Jeet Lal Gupta

31.08.2013

34.

V.K.Bakshi

31.01.2010

35.

Bishen Dass

31.10.2012

36.

Bashir Ahmad Khawaja

31.12.2010

37.

Gowhar Ahmaed

31.05.2012

38

.Pradeep Gupta

31.07.2013

39.

B.A.Runiyal

31.03.2013

40.

Sheikh Ejaz Iqbal

31.10.2013

41.

Farooq Ahmad Pir

30.04.2014

42.

Yedullah

31.05.2013

43.

Sunita Sharma

31.08.2012

44.

Abdul Hamid

31.03.2012

45.

Bua Ditta

31.05.2012

46.

Kachoo Isfandyar Khan

31.01.2012

47.

Tashi Dorjee

31.05.2011

48.

Ghulam Hassan Tantray

30.04,.2014