Governor NN Vohra is all set to expand his team on Friday by appointing Khurshid Ahmad Ganai as his advisor.
In a significant development, former IAS officer Ganai resigned from the coveted position of chief information commissioner on Thursday evening to pave way for his appointment as third advisor to Vohra.
"The Governor has been pleased to accept the resignation of Khurshid A Ganai as CIC with immediate effect," reads a notification issued by the general administration department.
This is for the second time Ganai would serve as advisor to Governor.
In 2016, he was advisor to Vohra for a brief period when the state came under Governor's rule following the demise of then Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and the stalemate between PDP and BJP over government formation in the state.
This newspaper had exclusively reported earlier this week that Vohra is likely to appoint two more advisors.
He has already appointed former chief secretary BB Vyas and former DGP CRPF Vijay Kumar as his advisors on the first day of Governor's rule in the state.
The state came under Governor's rule on June 20, a day after BJP withdrew support to Mehbooba Mufti-led government.
Ganai was appointed as CIC on 27 February 2017 by the Governor on recommendations of a high-level committee headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that had met a week before the appointment.
An IAS officer of 1982 batch, Ganai has held coveted positions in the state as well as in Central bureaucracy during his bureaucratic career. He also served in the Union ministries of information and broadcasting and Home affairs.