Top IAS Officers at war in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu, September 01: After Chief Secretary of the State has demanded an early retirement, all the top bureaucrats are in a chance to convince the government that they are the right choice for the post, causing agitation among the top officials of the state. Everyone in the bureaucratic circles is making their best possible effort to project themselves as the best available option for the top position of the Chief Secretary of the state.

As per reports in Early Times, there are speculations in the bureaucracy that Government may handover the top charge to the present Principal Secretary Planning, B R Sharma. But there are four senior officers in the row as well. Presently working as Financial Commissioner Industries and Commerce and 1982-batch IAS officer, Khurshid Ganai is said to have met one PDP minister and one BJP minister to convey that his name be considered for the post.

The other officials who wanted to be considered for the post of Chief Secretary of the state include Financial Commissioner Revenue, Arun Kumar, his wife Sonali Kumar who is heading the State’s Special Tribunal, A K Angurana who is deputed as Secretary in the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

While few people are putting pressure on the government to make Khurshid Ganai, the new Chief Secretary but B R Sharma’s recent assistance to CM during a cabinet meeting in Srinagar has given air to the rumors that he is the first choice of the government for the post of the Chief Secretary.

“So far the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has not taken any final decision. CM would act after the issue of present Chief Secretary is cleared. Once it’s officially announced that Khanday won’t continue then only deliberations on who would be the next CS will be held,” said an internal source.

There is a travelling word that B R Sharma’s clean and clear track record could be the reason of his being the first choice for the post . Also, Chief Minister has given enough hints about B R Sharma being his choice for the top post. But the only hitch the government will have to face in appointing B R Sharma is to supersede his seniors

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