1. THE GOVERNMENT introduced a Bill in the Rajya Sabha to merge the IAS, IPS and IFS cadre of Jammu and Kashmir with that of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre.
  2. The cadres had been merged last month through an Ordinance.
  3. The move has allowed officers posted in these states and union territories to work in Jammu and Kashmir and vice versa.
  1. Paucity of officers in the newly created UT of Jammu and Kashmir. There is a huge deficiency of officers of All India Services in the J&K.
  2. The J&K Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 seeks to amend the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019 which had then made provision for retention of the J&K cadre for existing officers and stated that new officers posted there would henceforth come from the UT cadre.
  3. The developmental schemes, centrally sponsored schemes and other allied activities suffer due to non-availability of All India Officers in the existing cadres of J&K.
  4. There is a requirement of merging AGMUT cadre so that the officers in this cadre can be posted in the J&K to meet out any deficiency to some extent.
  5. Bill is being brought “in order to provide uniformity in the governance of all the union territories and to further enhance efficiency in their administration.
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