LG in Delhi; BVR also flies out, to return on Monday


JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday left for New Delhi on a two-day visit which assumes significance in view of a range of recent developments and upcoming events.

Curiously, the former Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, whose purported belief on numerology had led to an unusual situation of a particular deadline of June 7 for departure from Jammu and Kashmir, also left for New Delhi this afternoon. After some meetings in the national capital, BVR Subrahmanyam will return to Srinagar on Monday to formally handover charge related details to his successor Arun Mehta, sources said.

The Lieutenant Governor’s visit to New Delhi assumes significance in the backdrop of recent change of bureaucratic guard and a range of other issues including impending decision on the Amarnath pilgrimage, discussions on ongoing delimitation process and the targeted killing of a Kashmiri Pandit political worker.

Sources aware to the matters of governance and policy said the change of Chief Secretary has been an extraordinary affair particularly when Jammu and Kahsmir is in transition following change of its constitutional status nearly two years. Since BVR Subrahmanyam had a regimented style of working while he handled sensitive affairs across three years, his departure required discussed on a number of issues, a source aware of the developments said.

A source said that Subrahmanyam is still on his numerology deadline and he will return from Delhi on Monday, June 7, to formally hand over charge related details to new Chief Secretary Arun Mehta. Subrahmanyam will further proceed on leave for ten days before he joins as Officer on Special Duty in the Ministry of Commerce on June 7. He will subsequently take over as Secretary in the Ministry on June 30.

The Lieutenant Governor during his Delhi visit, sources said, will have discussions on the Amarnath pilgrimage which was to begin this month but is currently under clouds of uncertainty due to spike in coronavirus pandemic. The Lieutenant Governor had taken keen interest in a large-scale pilgrimage as even before the beginning of registration, the Union Territory administration had started giving out six lakhs as number of pilgrims. Lieutenant Governor had also deputed his Principal Secretary to personally handover his invitations to some top religious figures in Uttar Pradesh.

Uncertainty over the delimitation process that has been going on since March 2020 and recent targeted killing of a Kashmiri Pandit political worker are believed to be other matters of discussion during the Lieutenant Governor’s Delhi visit.


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