Khanday takes over as Chief Secretary

Lal Relieved To Join Central Govt; Vyas Gets Additional Charge Of Finance


Jammu, Feb 18: After over a month of speculations, Jammu and Kashmir Government Monday appointed Muhammad Iqbal Khanday, a 1978 batch IAS officer, as the new Chief Secretary of the state. He replaced Madhav Lal, who has been appointed as Secretary in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India.
The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here Monday morning. Khanday is 11th J&K State Subject taking the highest administrative post in the state. Insiders said that there was complete consensus on the appointment of Khanday in the Cabinet meeting. “All the ministers were unanimous that he is the best bet for the state for the coveted post,” a Cabinet minister from National Conference said.
After the Cabinet nod, General Administration Department issued a formal order.
“I took over my new assignment this afternoon,” Khanday told Greater Kashmir.
Khanday replaced Madhav Lal, who was asked to stay put last week enabling the government to appoint the new Chief Secretary.
Khanday is presently among the top five IAS officers of Jammu and Kashmir cadre. “Though he figures at serial no. 5 in the seniority list, government took the decision of his appointment in view of his administrative capabilities and unblemished service record,” the NC minister said.
All the other senior most IAS officers of JK cadre -including Parveez Dewan, Anil Goswami and Pankaj Jain- are presently on Central deputation and serving as Secretaries in various ministries.
Khanday was elevated to the position of Financial Commissioner, Finance Department, last November. He has served as administrative head in key departments including Principal Secretary Planning, Principal Secretary Agriculture besides holding position of administrative secretary Home, Health and R&B departments. During his early career, Khanday was also Director Tourism.
He is the 11th State Subject to reach the position after Peerzada Ghulam Ahmad, PN Koul, Syed Muhammad Aga, Noor Muhammad, Mir Nasrullah, Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, SS Bloeria, Vijay Bakaya, C Phunsog and BR Kundal. Kundal held the Chief Secretary’s post in 2008.
Khanday is the 28th Chief Secretary of J&K since 1949 when MK Kidwai was appointed as the first administrative head of the state.
Last week the state government had to put on hold the appointment of CS in wake of the prevailing situation in the Valley following the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru.
Meanwhile, the state government today relieved former Chief Secretary Madhav Lal for deputation in the Central Government.
An order (No. 273) issued by the GAD said the services of Lal, an IAS officer of 1977 batch, are placed at the disposal of Government of India for his appointment as Secretary, Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise with immediate effect.
“I will join new posting on Wednesday,” Lal said.
Another GAD order today said that Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B B Vyas, will take over as Financial Commissioner Finance. He will hold the post as additional charge to his existing assignments.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST

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