Vyas, Ganai stripped of plum portfolios

Sharma gets vital departments

Umer Maqbool
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 10 2018 12:28AM | Updated Date: Nov 10 2018 12:28AM
Vyas, Ganai stripped of plum portfoliosFile Photo

Governor Satya Pal Malik on Friday re-allocated portfolios to his advisors, stripping BB Vyas and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai of plum departments while handing important departments to newly-appointed advisor Kewal Sharma.

Vyas has been divested of all important portfolios like General Administration Department, Finance, Power Development Department and Housing and Urban Development Department.

Ganai also lost Public Works Department, Public Health Engineering & Flood Control, Revenue and Agriculture departments.

However, Kewal Kumar Sharma, former chief secretary of Delhi government who was appointed earlier this week, has been assigned all key portfolios like Public Works (R&B), PHE/I&FC, Power Development, Finance, Housing & Urban Development, Information Technology, Industries & Commerce.

Being an adviser to the International Solar Alliance, he has also been entrusted with the charge of Science and Technology department. The International Solar Alliance is a grouping of 121 countries working for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

There is very little change in portfolios assigned to advisor K Vijay Kumar, who is New Delhi’s choice for handling security matters during Governor’s rule.

He has retained important portfolios of Home, Health and Medical Education and Forests.

Interestingly, the General Administration Department has not been allotted to any advisor as the chief secretary will be directly routing files of the department to the Governor.

As per the latest re-distribution of portfolios, the Planning, Development & Monitoring, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Ladakh Affairs, Election, Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation & Reconstruction, Revenue, Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Tribal Affairs, ARI & Trainings, Agriculture Production and Horticulture have been allocated to BB Vyas.

The departments of Home, Forests, Ecology & Environment, Health & Medical Education, Youth, Services & Sports, Hospitality & Protocol, Civil Aviation, Estates, Information, Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs Departments have been allocated to advisor K Vijay Kumar.

The department of School Education, Higher Education, Transport, Haj & Auqaf, Technical Education, Floriculture, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Cooperatives, Tourism, Culture, Social Welfare, Labour & Employment have been allotted to Khurshid Ahmad Ganai.

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