B V R Subrahmanyam is new Chief Secretary J&K

Srinagar

B V R Subrahmanyam, a senior IAS officer of the Chhattisgarh cadre, has been appointed as the chief secretary in the Jammu and Kashmir government in place of B B Vyas, officials said on Wednesday.

The 55-year-old bureaucrat, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, was appointed as the Chief Secretary of the state by Governor N N Vohra while as B B Vyas and Vijay Kumar have been appointed as Advisors to the Governor.

Subrahmanyam is at present the additional chief secretary (Home) in Chhattisgarh.

Earlier, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved placing the services of Subrahmanyam, a 1987-batch IAS officer of the Chhattisgarh cadre, at the disposal of the Jammu and Kashmir government, the communique issued by the Personnel Ministry said.

Subrahmanyam, considered an expert in internal security matters, has served as private secretary to former prime minister Manmohan Singh during 2004-2008.

He worked with the World Bank during June 2008 and September 2011 before joining again the Manmohan Singh-led PMO in March 2012.

Subrahmanyam was in the PMO after Narendra Modi became the prime minister in May 2014. He stayed in the PMO till March 2015 and then moved to his cadre state Chhattisgarh.

The development came a day after BJP pulled out of the coalition with PDP and paved way for the governor’s rule.

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