December 2016 News

Kashmiri Muslim IPS Officer Gets Kashmir Cadre

30 December 2016
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: A girl from Srinagar downtown, Seema Nabi Qasba has become the first female Kashmiri Muslim Indian Police Service (IPS) officer to get the Jammu and Kashmir cadre. Seema is one of the three IPS officers who got the J&K cadre with the other two being Utkarsh from Haryana and P D Nitya from Chattisgarh. Ministry of Home Affairs in exercise of powers conferred by sub rule (1) of rule (5) of the Indian Police Service (cadre) rules, 1954, allocated cadres to the IPS officers on the basis of results of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examinations, 2015 and Seema got the cadre of her home state. Seema, a girl from Zaina Kadal area of Srinagar downtown, had cracked the UPSC exams in year 2015 in the open merit category and secured 209th rank in the UPSC exams 2015 and 66th rank among the IPS officers. She got her schooling from Presentation Convent School, Srinagar and passed her higher secondary from Mallinson School, Srinagar. Seema then did her BA LLB (Hons) from the National Law University, Jodpur and worked with a law firm in New Delhi. Talking to Rising Kashmir, Seema's father, Dr. G N Qasba, who is serving as the Mission Director Jammu Kashmir State Livelihoods Mission, said his daughter worked hard with honesty and dedication and deserved this success. 'Policing is peacemaking and every civilized society has police,' he said. 'She is people friendly and will work with her own people.' Qasba said Seema could be a role model for Kashmiri Muslim girls, who too should come forward and crack competitive exams. 'The success of a Kashmiri girl, especially a girl from downtown is good for other girls,' he said. 'She loves the old city and fond of Zaina Kadal, Maharaj Bazaar and Nawa Kadal.' Before Seema, Ruveda Salam, a resident of north Kashmir's Kupwara district, had also become an IPS officer and served in Tamil Nadu. However, she later quit police to join Indian Revenue Services after passing the UPSC exams again. Ruveda had become the first woman from Kashmir to qualify the UPSC examination in 2013. The trend of youth from Jammu and Kashmir cracking Indian civil services started in 2009 when Shah Faesal, Imtiaz Ismail Parrey and Shahid Choudhary cracked the UPSC exam after 15 years. The floodgates were thrown open by Faesal when he became the first Kashmiri to top the Indian civil services examination and the first candidate from Kashmir in several years to be selected to the Indian Administrative Services through open merit. Since then, the number of youth from Jammu Kashmir cracking civil services has been increasing.