Two Telugu bureaucrats behind Jammu and Kashmir bill

Jammu and Kashmir would be now like any other State in the country. It is stripped off the special rights given to the State and the people as the Article 370 was revoked through a bill that was passed first in Rajya Sabha and later in Lok Sabha. The important point in this is that there are two Telugu bureaucrats who were part of the process helping the Central government all through.

One of them is 1987 batch IAS officer B V R Subrahmanyam, who is now the chief secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir State. He is from the Uttar Pradesh cadre and later shifted to the Chhattisgarh after bifurcation. He worked with the World Bank for some time and was also a private secretary to former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh from 2004 to 2008. He had returned to the Prime Minister’s Office in 2012 from the World Bank and continued there till 2015, when he had to go back to his cadre state – Chhattisgarh and worked there as additional chief secretary. It was in 2018, the Central government had appointed him as chief secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir after the President’s Rule was imposed. Since then he had been closely working with the Narendra Modi government helping resolve the Kashmir issue. He played key role in keeping the State on high alert with tight security when the Kashmir bill was taken to the Parliament.

The other officer is from the Indian Legal Services, Dr G Narayana Raju, who is currently working as Legislative Secretary for the Narendra Modi government. He is called as the drafts man of the government as it was he who had drafted the Kashmir bill that was tabled by Home Minister Amit Shah. Dr Raju is a known close aide of the Prime Minister working in the legal department of the Central government and was made legislative secretary in 2015. He is the man behind most of the bills that the NDA government had brought in in the last five years and particularly this time, including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 2019.

Ram Tatavarthi
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