Srinagar: Education Minister Altaf Bukhari was on Tuesday given additional charge of Finance, Labour and Employment departments. The additional responsibility for Altaf Bukhari comes a day after Haseeb Drabu, the ex Finance Minister was removed from the cabinet of the Chief Minster, Mehbooba Mufti.
“In pursuance of Rule 5 of the Jarnmu and Kashmir Government Business Rules and as an interim measure, I, Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir, do hereby assign the charge of the Departments of Finance, Labour & Employment to Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari in addition to the Government Business already assigned to him,” the government order read.
The ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, had decided to remove Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu from the cabinet over his remarks that ‘Kashmir is not a political problem’, which created a storm.
The Greater Kashmir reported that that ruling party had written a letter to Governor NN Vohra in this regard.
Drabu’s statement which created a political storm, and finally lead to his removal from the cabinet, was widely condemned by the political parties as well as the resistance camp.
Speaking at an event themed ‘Kashmir: the way forward’, Drabu asked the people to “introspect” over the nature and origins of the situation in the state and how it can be resolved. “We need to talk to ourselves before we talk to others and this must happen nationally as well,” he said.