28 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Who’ll be J&K chief secretary?

It now appears that Jammu & Kashmir Chief Secretary B.B. Vyas may get a third six-month extension. Mr Vyas was scheduled to retire in November last year but he has since been given an extension twice, each of three months. His extended term is scheduled to end this month-end.
According to sources, based on J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s recommendation, the state government is consulting with the Centre on keeping Mr Vyas, a 1986-batch Rajasthan cadre officer, in saddle. Earlier, he has served as Principal Secretary to Governor N.N. Vohra, as well as three successive Chief Ministers—Omar Abdullah, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti—besides Central and international deputations.
If Mr Vyas indeed gets to stay on, it would put paid to the claims of two IAS officers, B.R. Sharma and K.B. Agarwal, who are senior to Vyas in the J&K babu hierarchy. Mr Sharma actually enjoyed a brief spell as chief secretary but was dramatically replaced by Mr Vyas, following which he proceeded on Central deputation.
Mr Agarwal was recalled last year from Delhi where he served as Principal Resident Commissioner of J&K Government. Contrary to tradition, he agreed to a posting in the Civil Secretariat despite being senior to Chief Secretary Vyas.

Leave a Reply