Srinagar: The incumbent JK chief secretary Bharat Bhushan Vyas will stay for three more months after he was granted extension on Thursday.
A 1986-batch IAS officer, Vyas, appointed as the state’s chief secretary in April this year, was going to retire in November. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti made the recommendation for his extension two months ago.
“I am directed to refer letter dated 25/08/2017 of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and letter dated 22/08/2017 from Commissioner/Secretary to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir have been received on the above-cited subject and to convey the approval of Central Government to the extension in services of Shri Bharat Bhushan Vyas,” stated the order by Rajesh Kumar Yadav, under secretary to the government of India.
The order states that the three-month extension will come into effect from December 1 to February, 2018, “by invocation of the third proviso of Rule 16(1) of the All India Services (Death Cum Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958”.
Hailing from Rajasthan, Vyas has held vital positions, including principal secretary to the chief ministers.
As per officials, Vyas has managed to remain an all-time favourite irrespective of political regimes. Born in 1957, he had qualified for the Indian Administrative Services after completing his bachelor’s in Botany.
Since his career began with the J&K cadre, he has served at sensitive positions all along.
Vyas had served as the principal secretary to the Jammu and Kashmir Governor and former chief minister Omar Abdullah, besides holding various positions including principal secretary, Finance.
Vyas, who is considered close to both ruling and opposition parties, is pitched as being considered a crisis manager.
As per officials, the state government sought the extension of Vyas for his role in managing the prevailing situation in the Valley.