Appointment of J&K Chief Secretary on 07 Sept (Monday)



‘Indianmandarins’ reliably learns that the ongoing search for the successor of Md Iqbal Khanday (Rtd IAS:1978:J&K) may reach to its conclusive end on September 07 (Moday). Mohammad Iqbal Khanday (J&K, CS) had moved his papers seeking VRS and had urged the J&K Govt to accept it in a shortest-possible time (i.e. till August 31) even though his superannuation is scheduled for November 30 this year.

Índianmandarins’ reliably learns that Arun Kumar (IAS:1979:JK), the second senior most officer after Khanday, may be named as new Chief Secretary who has more than a year in hand to attain retirement age. The third senior most serving officer Ms Sonali Kumar (IAS:1979:JK) is scheduled for superannuation on November 30 this year whereas Khusrsheed Ahmad Ganai (IAS:1982:JK), next to Ms Kumar, will superannuate on October 31 this year. Interestingly, Brij Raj Sharma’s name (IAS:1984:JK) has also been doing rounds for the post.

The senior most officer Arun Kumar may be picked up for the top job but there are inputs that B R Sharma can also be considered for the top job.

Índianmandarins’ further learns that the search of successor of Khanday has put J&K Government under immense pressure as picking centre’s choice may lead to more resignations of state cadres.

Keep watching the move.


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