Jammu and Kashmir government’s recent order directing administrative secretaries to address all papers and files to new chief secretary Arun Kumar Mehta from May 31 has sparked speculations about outgoing chief secretary B V R Subrahmanyam’s reluctance to hand over the charge to the new administrator.
In its order, the commissioner secretary to the government, the general administration department, has said all the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary functions would now be disposed of by Arun Kumar Mehta.
On May 28, the government-appointed financial commissioner Arun Kumar Mehta, a 1988-batch IAS officer, as the new chief secretary after B V R Subrahmanyam was appointed as an officer on special duty in the Union Ministry of Commerce. A day after issuing the order, B V R Subrahmanyam carried out his usual activity as the chief secretary. This sparked speculation that Subrahmanyam was reluctant to hand over the charge to Mehta forcing the government to direct all administrative secretaries to report to Mehta from May 31.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in a tweet, said, “very unusual order issued by the Jammu and Kashmir government. If I didn’t know better, I’d read this order to mean the outgoing chief secretary wasn’t too keen to hand over charge to his successor. Either way, I haven’t seen an order like this before.”
In another tweet, Omar said, “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 the way up; you will meet them on the way down.”
‘Not everyone can be called for the meeting’: Dr. Nirmal Singh on Ch. Lal Singh
Former Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Dr. Nirmal Singh had an interview with JK Channel executive Ashish Kohli. He talked about the All Party Meeting on 24th June in Delhi.
Q. Sir, what do you think would be the topics about J&K in the meeting?
On 5th August, 2019 a very big change happened for Jammu and Kashmir after 72 years. The meeting will surely involve discussions on post abolition of article 370, how J&K can achieve heights of progress and how people can participate in that through elections and delimitations especially the deprived people in J&K like POK people, Western Pakistani refugees, Kashmiri displaced, Gujjars, Bakarwals and Pahadis .
We’ll also talk about the agendas of specific political parties since 72 years which are against the will of J&K public. If they keep extending these topics, they’ll get nothing in return.
Q. Mehbooba Mufti told to talk to Pakistan even when few days back a 25 year old was killed by terrorists. Why this sympathy for terrorism?
This is Jammu’s misfortune that this agenda kept on going for years in the region and did nothing for the public of Jammu as well as Kashmir except handing over guns to the youth. The youngsters now want to work, they want good education and employment but still some parties with the same agenda are destroying everything.
Q. Very few leaders from Jammu have been called for the meeting and some like Choudhary Lal Singh have shown resentment about that. Do you think Jammu’s voice will be raised?
Jammu has a population of around 1.3 crore and every person thinks he’s better than the other. But everyone cannot be called for the meeting. BJP has always raised it’s voice for Jammu region and Nationalist Forces and it will continue doing that. All of us have seen a demo on 5th August. See people attending the meeting will be the ones who will represent National thinking and others will come with same old agendas. So, the meeting will have good and mature discussions.
Q. Lot of talks about Jammu becoming a separate state. Your views on that?
At this moment I feel we need to think how post 5th August we have to do the consolidation, make popular Government, walk towards delimitation and end the imbalance prevailing right now. Rest, everyone has different opinions and different agendas. These things keep going and are discussed in democracy.
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
Jammu: Major accident reported as 3 vehicles collide
A major accident was reported at Gujjar Nagar near Jammu University, where a Haryana-based black-colored XUV bearing number HR51AP7191 collided with a truck. According to the car driver, another car was overtaking his car, and a truck parked on the roadside also started, due to which his car sandwiched between both vehicles. The driver has suffered minor injuries.
The front portion of the car has been wrecked. A JK Police team also reached the spot and is clearing the traffic. The truck was lifted from the road, and soon the car will also be lifted from the road.
J&K Police SPO dies, forest guard injured in road accident
A Special Police Officer (SPO) was killed while a forest guard was injured after the car they were on board met with a road accident near High School Manoie in Tehsil Chilli Pingal, Bhalessa of Doda district.
Report said that a car bearing registration number JK02CM-0885 met with the accident at Manoie.
In the accident, SPO Ashok Kumar (1053/SPO) posted at SPP Malikpora died on the spot and another forest guard namely Mohammad Ashraf, son of Mohammad Shafi Zargar of Bhaderwah was injured.
The injured was shifted to SDH Gandoh for treatment.
- ‘Not everyone can be called for the meeting’: Dr. Nirmal Singh on Ch. Lal Singh June 24, 2021
- Jammu: Major accident reported as 3 vehicles collide June 24, 2021
- Told PM that J-K people don’t accept ‘illegal’ abrogation of Article 370: Mehbooba Mufti June 24, 2021
- We do not accept abrogation of Article 370, will fight it in court: Omar Abdullah June 24, 2021
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