Subrahmanyam appointed as OSD in Commerce Ministry
Srinagar: The union government decided on Thursday to appoint senior IAS officer, Arun Kumar Mehta as the chief secretary of J&K.
In a communication addressed to J&K Lt governor, Manoj Sinha, the union Home Secretary, Ajay Bhalla said, “Pursuant to the appointment of Shri B.V.R.Subrahmanyam IAS (CG; 1987) chief secretary, Jammu & Kashmir as officer on special duty in the department of commerce, government of India, it has been decided with the approval of the competent authority that Shri Arun Kumar Mehta, IAS (AGMUT: 1988) will take over as chief secretary, J&K from the date Shri B.V.R. Subrahmanyam relinquishes the charge, and until further orders.
“Orders to this effect may be issued by the government of Jammu & Kashmir.”
Among the three front-runners — Pradip Kumar Tripathi, Sudhanshu Panday and Arun Kumar Mehta—sources had said that Mehta has emerged as the first choice because of his integrity, honesty and a better grasp of administrative affairs in J&K.
Meanwhile, B V R Subrahmanyam was appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Commerce Ministry. The appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Shri B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, IAS (CG;87), Chief Secretary, Jammu & Kashmir as Officer on Special Duty in the Department of Commerce,” the order reads.
“The ACC has also approved his appointment as Secretary, Department of Commerce upon superannuation of Shri Anup Wadhawan, IAS (UK:85), Secretary Department of Commerce on 30.06.2021,” the order added.