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Srinagar: Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, one of the Advisors to Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, is presently on the Hajj pilgrimage.
Mr Ganai presently looks after Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, ARI & Trainings, Cooperative, Floriculture, Tourism, Election, Planning Development & Monitoring, Labour & Employment and Higher Education departments in the Satya Pal Malik Administration.
In 2007, Mr Ganai was conferred with Chief Minister’s Gold Medal for honesty, integrity and meritorious service and his outstanding contribution to the public welfare and development of the state.
Hailing from Mattan village of Anantnag district, Ganai is an officer of IAS-1982 batch which he topped at second rank. After Bachelor of Engineering from Regional Engineering College Srinagar (now known as National Institute of Technology), Ganai completed his post-graduation in Technology from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pillani, Rajasthan. He has also Masters in Business Administration.
Previously, Mr Ganai has held the position of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), Jammu & Kashmir. His appointment had been made on the unanimous recommendation of a panel comprising then Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, then deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh and leader of the opposition Omar Abdullah.
During his over three-decade-long career, Ganai held key positions in administration and bureaucracy in his home State of Jammu and Kashmir and while on deputation with the Government of India. Before shifting to New Delhi, where he served as Joint Secretary in Union Ministry of Home Affairs and Additional Secretary in Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in 2010, Ganai served as Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah from January 2009 to August 2010.