Major setback for coalition Govt in J&K, Governor returns file on PSC appointments


It is most likely that the government will try to collect the necessary information, and send the file again to the Governor for approval but sources said that with model code of conduct imposed, this decision might be left for the new government. On October 10, the state cabinet had appointed Khurshid Ganaie, Financial Commissioner-cum-Secretary Industries and Commerce as new PSC Chairman for a term of five years and six members including Wali Mohammad Bhat, Retired DG Accounts and Treasuries, PL Lachotra, Retired DG Statistics and Planning and Mukerjeet Sharma, IFS, ex-Director Soil Conservation, all three from Jammu, Sheikh Mushtaq, former Secretary, Higher Education Department, Dr Tejit Singh, Retired HoD Ophthalmology and Dr Farooq Kallu, Retired Director, Animal Husbandry Department, all three from Kashmir.
Soon after the appointments were made there was strong resentment in Jammu that once again the state government had appointed majority of members from Kashmir. There were repeated demands that the new government should make appointments to this key constitutional body.

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