State Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, here this evening, ordered transfers and postings of six IFS officers with immediate effect.
Vinod Ranjan, Director, Forest Protection Force (FPF) has been transferred and posted as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests against an available vacancy.
Deepak Khanna, Chief Conservator of Forests, Eco Tourism has been transferred and posted as Director, State Forest Research Institute against an available vacancy. Ravi Kumar Kesar, Director, Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing, has been transferred and posted as Chief Conservator of Forests, Jammu vice S C Sharma.
Suresh Chugh, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Central) has been transferred and posted as Director, Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing vice Ravi Kumar Sharma.
Mohd Shafiq Khan, Director, Social Forestry Department, has been transferred and posted as Director, Forest Protection Force, J&K vice Vinod Ranjan. Hafizullah Sadiqui, Regional Wildlife Warden, Kashmir, has been transferred and posted as Director, Social Forestry Department, vice Mohd Shafiq Khan.
The Cabinet also declared the wind-storm of March 19 and 20 as Natural Calamity in the category of Cyclone in pursuance to the guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
In another decision, Cabinet gave nod to the creation of six posts of Lecturers in various disciplines for Super Specialty Hospitals of Jammu and Srinagar. It also approved the creation of two posts of Senior Sister Tutors with the corresponding reduction of two posts of Sister Tutors for AMT School and one post of Principal Tutor in the AMT School Srinagar.
According to the sources, Cabinet met only for a brief period as four Ministers including Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand were not in Jammu.
Deputy Chief Minister was with Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad in a public rally at Billawar while as Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather and Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir are on official visit to Italy. Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigjin Jora was in Leh.
According to the sources, major shake-up in the bureaucracy will be affected either in next Cabinet meeting scheduled to be held on April 25 or in the first Cabinet meeting at Srinagar following reopening of Darbar there.