J&K Governor appoints Advisers amid uncertainty

Signs of growing divide between PDP, BJP.

Updated - November 17, 2021 03:11 am IST

Published - February 04, 2016 11:40 pm IST - Srinagar:

Hopes of a government being formed in Jammu and Kashmir anytime soon diminished on Thursday when Governor N.N. Vohra decided to appoint Advisers, pointing to a deepening divide between the alliance partners, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and BJP.

Mr.Vohra appointed two former IAS officers, Parvez Dewan and Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, as Advisers and entrusted them with key departments.

Besides, State Chief Secretary B.R. Sharma and Financial Commissioner B.B. Vyas were also given charge of important departments.

“The Governor had held detailed discussions with Mr.Sharma yesterday [Wednesday] to discuss restructuring of the present decision-making process with a view to ensuring that every important matter receives timely attention,” said a Raj Bhawan spokesman.

The Governor also approved the constitution of the State Administrative Council, with himself as its Chairman and the Advisers as Members, to address governance issues.

The State has been under Governor’s rule in the wake of the death of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7.

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