IAS and IPS officers stationed at J&K, Ladakh, will be assigned to ‘difficult areas’

IAS and IPS officers serving in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will be considered under the category of “hardship areas” postings.

A decision was made by the Center and amended the guidelines for the transfer and posting of IAS, IPS officers from the cadre of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Territory (AGMUT).

“Following the merger of the J&K framework with the AGMUT framework, the matter was considered and with the approval of the competent authority, it was decided that the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union Territory of Ladakh can be categorized as Category B. (difficult areas) under the joint framework of AGMUT,” the statement from the Ministry of Interior said.

The Jammu and Kashmir framework was merged into the AGMUT framework in January last year following the bifurcation of the state and the formation of the two union territories.

While the transfer and posting of IAS and IPS officers from the AGMUT framework to Jammu and Kashmir as well as some other states will be considered hardship area postings, such actions in other states covered by the framework will be considered as regular assignments.

Assignments in Delhi, Chandigarh, Goa, Pondicherry, Dadar Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu will be considered “regular areas” or Category A, while assignments in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will be considered as “hard areas” or category B.

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