Kashmiri IAS Topper Shah Faesal Resigns, Set to Join Politics

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IAS officer Shah Faesal. — FB photo

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SRINAGAR — Civil services topper and IAS officer Shah Faesal on Wednesday resigned from civil services and is set to join politics. Faesal is likely to join the National Conference, according to reports.

The 2010 batch topper sought voluntary retirement on Monday to join the Farooq Abdullah-led National Conference. Faesal, 35, who comes from the Lolab valley in Kupwara, is believed to be eyeing the Baramulla constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, according to a report published in ThePrint.

“He applied for voluntary retirement the day before, but the process takes time since it has to be approved by the DoPT,” a source familiar with the development informed.

National Conference Vice-President and former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah has welcomed Faesal’s decision. “Actually I welcome him to the fold of politicians. His future political plans are his to announce. The bureaucracy’s loss is politics’ gain,” Omar tweeted.

Taking to social media Faesal has announced his decision to quit job and his future plans. He has attached screenshot of his facebook post also.

A doctor by profession, Faesal was the managing director of the Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Corporation (JKPDC) before he went to Harvard University in the United States to pursue further studies. He was supposed to join his department in June this year.

In 2009, Faesal topped the civil services examinations, becoming the first one to ace the test from Kashmir. He was allotted the Jammu Kashmir cadre and served in various capacities, including Director Education and Deputy Commissioner.

Faesal had invited the wrath of the government last year for his tweet on rape culture. “Patriarchy+Population+ Illiteracy+Alcohol+Porn+Technology+Anarchy = Rapistan!” he had tweeted.

The Centre had asked the J&K General Administration Department to initiate an inquiry into Faesal’s tweets, as he “allegedly failed to maintain absolute honesty and integrity” in discharge of his official duty, reports The Indian Express.

Faesal is also the first bureaucrat to join the debate on Article 35A, comparing the petition to challenge it to a “nikahnama”.

“I would compare Article 35A to a marriage-deed/nikahnama,” Faesal tweeted. “You repeal it and the relationship is over. Nothing will remain to be discussed afterwards.”

(With inputs from The Indian Express)

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