The Centre is likely to appoint a new governor for Jammu and Kashmir soon, sources in the government said, among hints that prolific Bureaucrat and current advisor of Governor NN Vohra Bharat Bhushan Vyas – is among the top contenders to replace N.N. Vohra.
“The government is expected to announce the name of the new Jammu and Kashmir governor very very soon ,” a home ministry official said.
He said the government has prepared a list of probable candidates, including former bureaucrats and retired army officials, for the post in the state now under governor’s rule.
“The list has been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office for taking the final call,” the official added.
An IAS officer of 1986 batch, Vyas enjoys a highly reputed career. In his long career in Jammu and Kashmir, Vyas, who shares cordial relation with top leadership of all political parties, has served as principal secretary to different chief ministers, as financial commissioner and administrative secretary in planning and development department.
He is example of integrity and honesty. He has been an all time favourite of all the changing political heads of the state. Born in winter of 1957 he qualified Indian Administrative Services after completing his bachelorâ€™s in Botany.
Since his career begun with J&K cadre he has survived at sensitive and top positions all along. He shares cordial relations with top leadership of all political parties is known as an able administrator.
This can be stated from one of the instances when he, on behalf of his team of officers, received rupees five lakh, a medal and a citation from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Civil Services Day of 2005.The award was conferred on him for â€œextraordinary performanceâ€ in carrying out relief and rehabilitation work during the devastating 2005 earthquake and among those honoured with the Prime Ministerâ€™s Award for Excellence in Public Administration.
Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir was placed under governor’s rule on June 20 after the BJP withdrew support to Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP, triggering the collapse of the coalition government. Vohra, the incumbent governor, had completed his term on June 27 but was given an extension by the Modi regime ahead of the commencement of the Amarnath Yatra.
As a matter of fact, Under the state’s constitution, if no elections are held within six months of governor’s rule being announced, President’s rule would follow with the requirement to renew it every six months.