Jammu, September 18: It is being speculated that the Union Home Ministry has taken a final decision and N N Vohra who is in his second tenure as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir is to retire soon.
N N Vohra is a retired IAS officer, who served as Union Home Secretary during the peak of militancy in Punjab and beginning of the ongoing insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir. Vohra was also appointed as Interlocutor on Kashmir by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee before his nomination as Governor of the State during UPA government.
He was chosen as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir in the year 2008 during the agitation over land use in Amarnath which had led to heightened tensions and collapse of then Ghulam Nabi Azad led Congress-PDP Government. The ongoing second tenure of Mr Vohra started on April 13, 2013, and will complete in 2018.
A local daily says, Nobody is forcing Mr. Vohra to retire but it is his own desire to be relieved from the position of the Governor of the state on ‘Health Grounds’ and according to highly placed official sources. The Home Ministry at the centre has finalised its decision about replacement of Governor.
It is pertinent to mention here Mr Vohra had offered to resign as Governor of the State when the BJP Government came in power at Centre last year because he is getting old but PM Narendra Modi asked him to continue because of his understanding with Hurriyat leaders.
However, even after the formation of BJP-PDP coalition government in the state, there was no progress with respect to talks with separatists which became main reason pleaded by NSA for retirement of Mr Vohra, sources explained.
The ministry has shortlisted some names for the successor of Mr Vohra and the name of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval tops the list. A more clear picture is likely to emerge in next few days.
Sources also revealed that change of Governor in the state is expected to happen by the end of this year.