Jammu: In a significant development, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday ordered that all the powers vested with the Chief Secretary for disposing official business shall now be exercised by Arun Kumar Mehta from May 31, 2019.
According to an order, the all the administrative departments have been directed to address/mark all the papers and files to Shri Arun Kumar Mehta, IAS w.e.f. May,31, 2021.
“Consequent upon the appointment of Shri B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, IAS (CG: 1987) as Officer on Special duty in the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and appointment of Shri Arun Kumar Mehta, IAS (AGMUT:1988) as Chief Secretary, J&K, it is hereby ordered that all the powers vested with the Chief Secretary for disposing official business shall now be exercised by Shri Arun Kumar Mehta, IAS w.e.f. 31st May,2021,” reads the order.
The unprecedented move comes ahead of the relinquishing of the charge by outgoing CS, BVR Subrahmanyam.
It is worthwhile to mention that J&K government on Friday ordered appointment of Mehta as Chief Secretary, J&K from the date Shri B.V.R. Subrahmanyam relinquishes the charge.
The government issued the order after Centre approved appointment of Mehta as Chief Secretary of J&K
Meanwhile, Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah while commenting on CS order on Saturday said that Have not seen an order like this before.
A man who famously said no Kashmiris shed tears when mainstream politicians were detained in 2019. In 2021 it looks like no one can wait to show him the door. Be careful who you step on on the way up, you will meet them on the way down. pic.twitter.com/qI3eeQxWt0
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 29, 2021
“Very unusual order issued by the J&K government. If I didn’t know better I’d read this order to mean the outgoing CS wasn’t too keen to hand over charge to his successor. Either way I haven’t seen an order like this before,’ he tweeted
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