C Phonsong likely to be appointed fifth Advisor to Governor
Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary C Phonsong is likely to be appointed as fifth Advisor to Governor in Jammu and Kashmir in coming few days, sources said. They said that after his formal appointment a reshuffle of portfolios among the Advisors is likely to be ordered.
Reports said that following the dissolution of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly the Governor Satya Pal Malik with the tacit approval of the Central Government has decided to appoint fifth Advisor which would take the number of Advisors to five.
C Phonsong, a former chief secretary of J&K known for his professional integrity, is likely to be appointed Governor’s fifth Advisor. The other four Advisors presently working under Governor Satya Pal Malik are K Vijay Kumar, a retired IPS officer, B B Vyas, a former Chief Secretary of J&K, Khursheed Ahmad Ganai, a former financial commissioner of J&K Government and K K Sharma, a former chief secretary who served in Delhi and Goa.
Recently Governor Malik had reshuffled the portfolios among his four advisors after the induction of K K Sharma and now after the induction of C Phonsong the Governor is likely to reshuffle portfolios of Advisors to distribute equal number of departments among them.
With the induction of fifth Advisor the strength of State Administrative Council, enjoying the powers of cabinet will go up to seven including the Governor. (KNS)