J&K Governor’s tenure likely to be extended till Amarnath Yatra concludes

Keeping the security of Amarnath Yatra in consideration, the Centre is likely to extend the tenure of Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra till Amarnath Yatra concludes and administrative mechanism is settled after the imposition of the Governor’s rule in the state, highly placed government sources told UNI here on Wednesday.

Mr. Vohra was appointed Governor in 2008 by the then UPA Government. He was given second term in 2013 which is scheduled to end on June 27.

“The Government’s priority is to ensure security for the Yatra, as militancy in South Kashmir has increased in the recent months. Mr. Vohra, as head of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, has been successfully organising the Yatra from 2008 onwards. His knowledge about Kashmir and its security scenario is most important and useful”, Home Ministry officials said here.

“It would not be appropriate for the Government to appoint a new Governor at this time when the Yatra is all set to begin in a week. The incumbent will need at least three to six months to understand the situation in the state”, officials said.
“Governor Vohra has experience and the Centre will try to use his expertise to get things in the state administration settled. So there is every possibility he will be asked to continue to run this state for a period of three or six months”, he added. Mr Vohra, now 88, has already indicated that he does not want to continue, a Home Ministry official said. He has also been an interlocutor on Kashmir.

The ‘Governor Rule’ has been imposed on Wednesday after PDP’s alliance partner BJP withdrew its support from the coalitions Government in J&K on Tuesday.

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