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Guv’s advisors to exercise ministerial powers

Greater Kashmir 2018-06-24 02:23:46

Finance, PDD, Works among 19 departments for Vyas, Kumar to head Home, Education, Health, Tourism and 18 others

The Governor NN Vohra on Saturday allocated departments to his advisors, who will exercise ministerial powers while heading respective departments. The departments allocated to BB Vyas are : Planning & Development, Finance, Law, GAD, Housing and Urban Development, ARI  & Trainings, Rural Development, Ladakh Affairs, Estates, Civil Aviation, PWD, PDD, PHE & IFC, Agriculture, Horticulture, Industries and Commerce, Animal and Sheep Husbandry and Cooperatives.

The departments allocated to K. Vijay Kumar are: Home, Youth Service and Sports, Revenue, Disaster Management, Relief  Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Tribal Affairs, Forests, Hospitality and Protocol, CAPD, Information, Labour& Employment, School Education, Higher Education, Technical Education, Health and Medical Education, Science and Technology, Tourism, Culture, Information Technology, Social Welfare.

The order states that the advisors shall identify the items of work and matters, other than delegated to administrative secretaries, which shall be put to them for decision, approval or information and notify the same through issue of standing orders(s), copies of which shall be sent to the Governor.


BVR Subrahmanyam took charge as chief secretary of the state on Saturday from the outgoing chief secretary BB Vyas.

On his arrival at the secretariat, Subrahmanyam was welcomed by principal secretary home RK Goyal, principal secretary health and medical education PawanKotwal, principal secretary planning, development and monitoring department RohitKansal, commissioner secretary GAD Hilal Ahmad Parray and other senior officers.

A 1987-batch IAS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre, Subrahmanyam till recently served as additional chief secretary home Chhattisgarh government.

Earlier, he was serving as director in the Union commerce ministry, before being appointed as private secretary to the then Prime Minister during 2004-2008. 

He worked as a senior advisor with the World Bank from June 2008 to September 2011 before joining the PMO again in March 2012 as joint secretary. He stayed in the PMO till March 2015 and then moved to his cadre state Chhattisgarh.

Subrahmanyam has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a management degree from London Business School.

Immediately after assuming office, Subrahmanyam chaired an introductory meeting with the administrative secretaries and emphasised on providing a transparent, accountable, responsive and people-centric administration in the state. 

He asked administrative secretaries to be accessible to the common people and provide effective leadership, guidance and the much needed impetus and direction to the administrative machinery for delivering good governance and desired developmental outcomes.



Vyas assumed office as advisor to Governor at the secretariat. He was welcomed by senior officers. An IAS officer of 1986 batch J&K cadre, Vyas has earlier served as principal secretary to various chief ministers, financial commissioner and administrative secretary in planning and development department.