Centre clears deputation of CM’s Advisor, 2 other IAS officers


JAMMU, The Central Government today cleared deputation of former Chief Secretary and presently Advisor to Government (Administrative Affairs) BR Sharma to the Centre for his posting as Additional Secretary. The Centre also cleared deputation of two more IAS officers from Jammu and Kashmir.
Sharma, a 1984 batch IAS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre, was unceremoniously removed from the post of the Chief Secretary on April 29 and replaced by another senior IAS officer BB Vyas. Sharma, a son of the soil, was posted as Advisor (Administrative Affairs) to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Incharge DoPT (Department of Personnel and Trainings) told the reporters  that decks have been cleared for Central deputation of BR Sharma after receipt of No Objection Certificate (NOC) and cadre clearance from the State Government, which were pre-requisite for the Central deputation.
“Sharma will now get a new posting as Additional Secretary to Government of India in the next few days,” Dr Jitendra Singh said.
He added that high-level Central committee on empanelment of IAS officers met in New Delhi on Friday but Sharma couldn’t make it to the empanelment as Secretary. Now, pending his elevation as Secretary, Sharma will be posted as Additional Secretary in the Government of India.
The Empanelment Committee will meet again in the next couple of months and whenever BR Sharma is empanelled as Secretary, he would get a new posting.
Sources pointed out that there are only 62 officers in the Government of India in the rank of Secretary. Very few officers from Jammu and Kashmir had made it to the rank of the Secretary including Anil Goswami, Madhav Lal etc.
Sharma has his services till 2020.