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Who is the boss? Confusion prevails over 2 Chief Secretaries of J&K

Confusion is prevailing in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir over two Chief Secretaries at present. While BVR Subrahmanyam was replaced by Arun Kumar Mehta as the CS, the former is still issuing orders and working in the office.

BVR Subrahmanyam has been designated as Officer on Special Duty in the Commerce Ministry.

But a strange situation is going on in UT as B V R Subrahmanyam has not left the Union Territory even after four days of his transfer.

Subrahmanyam continues to function from the J&K chief secretary’s office whereas  the newly appointed official Arun Kumar Mehta is working from the UT’s financial commissioner’s office, the office which he was previously holding.

Various opinions and theories are being made by officials that Subrahmanyam is a firm believer of astrology so he is waiting for the perfect time to leave the UT. He is expected to relinquish his charge on June 7.

Subrahmanyam has become the talk of the town since many suppositions are being made for his decision to continue working in J&K, retaining the chief secretary’s car and attending meetings chaired by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. 

In Srinagar, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha conducted a meeting on May 31, with administrative secretaries at the civil secretariat where Sinha appreciated Subrahmanyam’s work and his contribution towards the development of J&K, said a government spokesperson.

He said that Subrahmanyam has a high administrative judgement and he has raised the expectations from administration with his dedication, honesty, and commitment. Subrahmanyam, thanked Sinha and other officers and said it was a great  honour to work with such a team of such brilliant officers.

The government has already issued an order that all the functions of the Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary would now be disposed of by Arun Kumar Mehta.

Commenting on the situation, Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted “Two chief secretaries in J&K, an administration split between loyalists of the outgoing CS & others who want to get on with their work but can’t figure out what’s going on. So much for good governance & accountability.”

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