Hectic lobbying has begun in Jammu and Kashmir after chief secretary Iqbal Khandey put in his papers and left the field open for civil servants vying for the top slot in the state, and trying to influence the government that they are the best candidate for the position. Top contenders for this post right now are Principal Secretary BR Sharma, who has got a clean track record, Financial Commissioner Industries and Commerce Khurshid Ganaie, who is an 1982-batch IAS officer, Arun Kumar, Financial Commissioner revenue; Sonali Kumar, IAS; AK Angurana, IAS who is on central deputation, and there might be a dark horse who the political establishment might pit when the decision has to be made.
The selection of next chief secretary would also depend on how
coalition partners BJP and PDP view the appointment to this post, and who enjoys the confidence of both the parties. The position of Chief Secretary is a key position as he represents the administration of the entire state, and works in tandem with the government to execute the policy level decisions.