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IAS Shah, who quit his job citing ‘intolerance’, again in government service, said – life has given him another chance

Faisal left politics and started showing signs of returning to government service.


Former IAS officer Shah Faesal, who left government service in 2019 citing growing intolerance in the country and formed a political party, has rejoined the service. Officials gave this information on Thursday. He said that Faisal’s resignation was not accepted. Officials said that Faesal’s services have been placed under the General Administration Department of Jammu and Kashmir. “He is waiting for the posting orders,” he said.


Faesal, who was the first topper of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) from Jammu and Kashmir, had indicated his return to government service on Wednesday. In a series of tweets, he talked about his idealism in 2019, when he resigned from government service to join politics. He said, “The 8 months of my life (January 2019-August 2019) put so much pressure on me that I was almost over. Chasing a false hypothesis, I lost almost everything I had earned over the years. Job, friends, reputation, public goodwill. But I never lost hope. My idealism has let me down.”

He said, “But I believed in myself, that I would rectify the mistakes I made. Life will give me one more chance. A part of me is tired of the memories of those 8 months and I want to erase them. A lot of it is already gone. Time will forget the rest too.”

While Faesal did not specify what he meant by “one more chance”, speculations have been rife here for the past one year that he will be serving as an IAS officer or in an advisory role to the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. Can return to service. Faesal, who topped the UPSC exam in 2009, resigned from the service in January 2019. He formed his own political party – the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement – in March that year and planned to contest the upcoming assembly elections.

He was arrested on August 5, 2019, in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into union territories. However, after his release, Faesal quit politics and started showing signs of returning to government service. He has been a strong supporter of the policies of the current BJP government on social media. He has often been sharing speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on his Twitter handle.

(This news has not been edited by NDTV team. It has been published directly from Syndicate feed.)

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