After superannuation, Parray reappointed director JKEDI

Says Will Settle All Pending Cases of Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Next 4 Days

Jammu and Kashmir Government Wednesday reappointed Mohammad Ismail Parray as director of J&K Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) barely three weeks after he attained superannuation from the same post after 14 years.

As per a government order issued here, Parray, who is the founder-director of the institute, has been reappointed as JKEDI director. 

“Sanction is hereby accorded to the reappointment of MI Parray as Director, JK Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI), for a period of five years or till he attains the age of 65 years whichever is earlier” reads an order issued by Industries and Commerce Department. As Parray has superannuated at the age of 62 years, he will remain director of the JKEDI for three years.

Industries Minister Chander Parkash Ganga, who was present during the farewell function held in honour of the director, had hailed Parray and said that he has worked towards creating an entrepreneurial culture and promoting the entrepreneurship development in Jammu and Kashmir “without letting any hurdle to make his path difficult to tread”.

According to sources, soon after Parray’s superannuation several cases of prospective entrepreneurs had piled up at JKEDI as the institution was left headless. 

Parray who has a career spanning over 29 years is an arts graduate who had done his masters in history and PhD from the University of Kashmir’s Central Asian Studies department.

Speaking to Greater Kashmir after his reappointment, Parray said he was happy that “government has shown a lot of faith in me by reappointing me as the director.”

“In fact, I have been told that it is after the personal intervention of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that I am back at helm of affairs. There were a lot of tasks pending and incomplete, which I am going to take on the priority basis now,” Parray said.

Parray said youth in J&K have suffered the most and there is an immediate need to help them in “earning a dignified living”. “This institution offers hope for youth in J&K as the state has been witnessing a job crunch for last several years. Amid all this, entrepreneurship becomes quite significant,” he said. 

Parray said all the pending cases including seed money for aspiring entrepreneurs will be released during the next three to four days.

Highly placed officials who spoke to Greater Kashmir said Parray has been reappointed as the government could not find any other “suitable option” for the post of the director. “Probably there were not many options to replace him and considering his experience he was brought back,” said an official, wishing not to be named.