NN Vohra wants to step down as Jammu and Kashmir governor, Rajiv Mehrishi likely to succeed former IAS officer

At a time when the security forces are battling militants across Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra has asked the Union government to relieve him of his duties, CNN-News18 reported. However, the Union home ministry said that it has not received any request from Vohra relieving him of his responsibility.

According to the report, Vohra is tipped to be replaced by the present Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.

NN Vohra. Wikimedia Commons

NN Vohra. Wikimedia Commons

While the reasons for his request is not known yet, CNN-News 18 reported that fatigue and the deteriorating security situation in the valley might have contributed to Vohra's decision to quit.

Vohra, a 1959-batch IAS officer, who took over as the governor from Lt Gen (Retired) SK Sinha in June 2008, is the first civilian governor of the state after Jagmohan, who resigned after militancy emerged in the Kashmir Valley in 1990.  Vohra was re-appointed to the post in 2013.

In August 2016, there were reports of Vohra being replaced by the Centre. The report had come just weeks after the valley erupted over the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani. The report also said that even though the Centre acknowledged Vohra's work for Jammu and Kashmir, it felt that the state needed a new strategy to control the tense situation in the state.

Vohra is a senior bureaucrat who had served as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister from 1997 to 1998, and was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2007.

Updated Date: Jul 03, 2017 10:56 AM

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