After Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill 2019 clearing route for the bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories (UTs), the Center is thinking about names to delegate the first Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of Jammu and Kashmir. Retired IPS official Vijay Kumar and Center’s Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma are top contenders for the post of Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory, reports said.
Dineshwar Sharma, previous Director of the Intelligence Bureau was selected as the Center’s interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir in 2017. He was appointed as the administration’s agent for conveying forward a dialogue with stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir. In 2018, IPS Vijay Kumar was selected as an Advisor to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir alongside IAS official BB Vyas, the Chief Secretary of the state.
Kumar prior held the post of senior security counselor to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). A 1975-batch IPS official of Tamil Nadu framework, he was the head of the Special Task Force that propelled ‘Operation Cocoon’ to grab or murder sandalwood bootlegger Veerappan in Tamil Nadu. He was in the Kashmir Valley, as Inspector General of the Border Security Force (BSF) somewhere in the range of 1998 and 2001.
Kumar additionally filled in as the Director-General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) somewhere in the range of 2010 and 2012. President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday gave his consent to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019, which bifurcates Jammu and Kashmir into two Union regions – Jammu and Kashmir with a lawmaking body, and Ladakh without a lawmaking body. The Parliament likewise embraced a resolution rejecting the unique status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.