With no end in sight to the political uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir, Governor NN Vohra Friday appointed two retired IAS officers, Parvez Dewan and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai as his advisers.
Dewan, a 1977-batch IAS officer of the Jammu and Kashmir cadre, was granted voluntary premature retirement in October 20, 2014, because he wanted to concentrate on his career as a writer. Dewan had served as the Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir from 2001 to 2003.
He was also served as Union Tourism Secretary in 2012 before he was granted voluntary retirement.
Ganai, a 1982-batch IAS officer, was also granted premature retirement last year. He had served on some important positions, including Financial Commissioner, Industries and Commerce Department and Chairman, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).
The post of chairman was declared equivalent in the status to the IAS cadre post of Chief Secretary for the period till he remained on the post.
Jammu and Kashmir came under Governor’s rule on January 8 after the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti showed reluctance to take over as Chief Minister following the death of her father and incumbent Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at AIIMS in New Delhi on January 7.
The PDP and the BJP — two largest political parties in the state legislative Assembly—are yet to decide on the government formation.