SRINAGAR: A day after he quit as chief information commissioner, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai was appointed advisor to Governor NN Vohra on Friday.
Ganai will be serving as advisor to the Governor for the second time during Vohra’s term. When government formation was delayed after Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death in 2016, Vohra picked Ganai as an advisor.
Ganai will be joining a Governor’s team that already has two advisors, both non-Kashmiris: K Vijay Kumar and BB Vyas.
The terms and conditions of his appointment shall be notified separately, the government order said.
An IAS-1982 batch officer, hailing from Mattan village in Anantnag, Ganai ranked second in the IAS results after completing a BTech from Regional Engineering College (now NIT) and post-graduation in Technology from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Rajasthan. He also has a Masters in Business Administration.
During his career of more than three decades, Ganai has held key positions in administration and bureaucracy in Jammu and Kashmir. He also served on deputation with the Government of India.
Before shifting to New Delhi, where he served as Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and as Additional Secretary in Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in 2010, Ganai served as Principal Secretary to former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah from January 2009 to August 2010.
In 2007, he was conferred with the Chief Minister’s Gold Medal for honesty, integrity and meritorious service and outstanding contribution to public welfare and development of the state.