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Govt reinstates bureaucrat Shah Faesal as MoT’s Deputy Secretary

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has reinstated IAS officer Shah Faesal appointing him as Deputy Secretary in the Union Tourism Ministry.

In April, the government accepted Faesal’s application for withdrawing his resignation and reinstated him in service.

Faesal, who submitted his resignation in January 2019 and floated the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) party, was detained under the stringent Public Safety Act immediately after the abrogation of special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

However, after his release, the doctor-turned-bureaucrat gave up on politics and started dropping hints of his willingness to rejoin government service. His resignation had not been accepted.

On 27 April, Faesal, taking to Twitter, expressed that his idealism had let him down. “8 months of my life (Jan 2019-Aug 2019) created so much baggage that I was almost finished. While chasing a chimera, I lost almost everything that I had built over the years. Job. Friends. Reputation. Public goodwill. But I never lost hope. My idealism had let me down,” he had tweeted.

The eight months he mentioned in his tweet was the period after his resignation, which he spent launching his party.

Shah Faesal is the first UPSC topper from Jammu and Kashmir. Faesal came into the limelight for the first time after topping the Civil Service Exam in 2009. However, in January 2019, he announced that he would leave the civil services. The young officer said he was protesting against “unabated killings in Kashmir, the marginalisation of Muslims and subversion of public institutions” by the government at the Centre. (Source: India Today)

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