Jammu And Kashmir Bifurcation: IPS Vijay Kumar, Dineshwar Sharma in Race For L-G's Post in J&K Union Territory
Dineshwar Sharma, IPS Vijay Kumar (Photo Credits: PTI)

New Delhi, August 9: After Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, paving way for the bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories (UTs), the Centre is considering names for the post of the first Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of Jammu and Kashmir. Retired IPS officer Vijay Kumar and Centre's Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma are top contenders for the post of Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory, reports said.

In 2018, IPS Vijay Kumar was selected as an Advisor to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir along with IAS officer BB Vyas, the Chief Secretary of the state. Kumar earlier held the post of senior security adviser to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). A 1975-batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, he was the chief of the Special Task Force that launched ‘Operation Cocoon’ to nab or kill sandalwood smuggler Veerappan in Tamil Nadu. Modi Govt Eases Prohibitory Orders in Valley for Friday Prayers.

Kumar was in the Kashmir Valley, as Inspector General of the Border Security Force (BSF) between 1998 and 2001. Dineshwar Sharma, former Director of the Intelligence Bureau, was appointed as the Centre's interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir in 2017. He was named as the government's representative for carrying forward a "sustained dialogue" with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir: Govt Officials to Ensure Supply of Commodities During Eid Al-Adha.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday gave his assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, which bifurcates Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories -- Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature, and Ladakh without a legislature. The Parliament also adopted a resolution scrapping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.