Cabinet Meet On Monday, To Appoint New CS

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SRINAGAR: The state cabinet is meeting in the winter capital Jammu on Monday for a key session, and among other decisions, is likely to appoint the new chief secretary to the Jammu and Kashmir government.

According to sources, the cabinet will discuss the agenda for the upcoming budget session of the assembly, and finalise the governor’s address to the joint sitting of the bi-cameral legislature.

Some Congress members of the cabinet were understood to have expressed reservations over a few points in the governor’s address earlier.

The cabinet will also discuss the government’s budgetary proposals for the year 2013-14 to be presented in the assembly in its forthcoming session due to begin on Feb 28.

With the incumbent state chief secretary Madhav Lal having been repatriated to the central government, the cabinet is likely to finalise the appointment of the senior-most IAS officer serving in Jammu and Kashmir to the post.

The names of IAS officers Anil Goswami, Parvez Dewan, Muhammad Iqbal Khanday have been in the forefront in speculation over the next chief secretary.  

Since Goswami and Dewan are on central deputation, Khanday could be the likely choice, making him the third IAS officer from the Kashmir Valley, and eleventh from the J and K state, to serve on the post.

Sheikh Ghulam Rasool and Vijay Kumar Bakaya are the only two officers from the Valley to have been elevated as chief secretary so far. 

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