State’s Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Khurshid Ahmed Ganai today resigned from the post and was all set to be appointed as Advisor to Governor NN Vohra. He will be the first Advisor to the Governor from Jammu and Kashmir.
Governor NN Vohra is all set to expand his team on Friday by appointing Khurshid Ahmad Ganai as his advisor.
In a significant development, former IAS officer Ganai resigned from the coveted position of chief information commissioner on Thursday evening to pave way for his appointment as third advisor to Vohra.
“The Governor has been pleased to accept the resignation of Khurshid A Ganai as CIC with immediate effect,” reads a
notification issued by the general administration department.
This is for the second time Ganai would serve as advisor to Governor.
In 2016, he was advisor to Vohra for a brief period when the state came under Governor’s rule following the
demise of then Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and the stalemate between PDP and BJP over government formation in the state
Presently, the Governor has two Advisors-BB Vyas, former Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir and K Vijay Kumar, former Special Security Advisor to the Ministry of Home Affairs, both of whom were appointed on June 21, two days after the State was brought under the Governor’s rule.
Official sources told that both Centre and State Governments were in search of a local Advisor to the Governor.
Names of some top retired bureaucrats were discussed by the Union Home Ministry and the Governor, they said, adding the choice finally fell on Khurshid Ganai as he had earlier also served as Advisor to Vohra in 2016 when the Governor rule was imposed in the State after death of then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and delay in formation of next Government by Mehbooba Mufti.
After nod to his name, Ganai today resigned as State’s Chief Information Commissioner, a post he was holding since February 2017. He was appointed as the CIC by then PDP-BJP Government headed by Mehbooba Mufti.
Sources said the resignation of Ganai was prelude to his appointment as the third Advisor to Governor.
A formal order for his appointment as the Advisor was likely to be issued in a day or two and subsequently, he will be allotted charge of the Departments.
An IAS officer of 1982 batch, Ganai has held coveted positions in the state as well as in Central bureaucracy
during his bureaucratic career. He also served in the Union ministries of information and broadcasting and
Presently, the Governor has divided Departments among his two Advisors only-BB Vyas and K Vijay Kumar.
Of three Advisors, Ganai will be the only local from Jammu and Kashmir.
Even newly appointed Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam also belongs to Chhattisgarh cadre.
It was in this context that both Centre and State Government wanted one of the top members of Team Vohra to be a local.