Former Jammu Kashmir Chief Secretary Ashok Jaitley passes away
Srinagar: Jaitley was the second-longest serving chief secretary of the state after Peerzada Ghulam Ahmad, who was chief secretary from 1953 to 1963.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Ashok Jaitley passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday.
He served as the chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir from 1996 to 2002.
After his retirement on 30 April 2002, Jaitley also served as Principal Advisor to the then Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah for six months.
He was believed to be one of the powerful and competent Chief Secretaries in the state.
Popular among friends and relatives as Tony, Jaitley joined the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) in 1964 and was assigned the Jammu and Kashmir cadre.
He served in various capacities and was the youngest IAS officer to rise the level of a secretary among his batch mates.
Jaitley was the second-longest serving chief secretary of the state after Peerzada Ghulam Ahmad, who was chief secretary from 1953 to 1963.
Besides an illustrious career in the civil service, Jaitley was a prolific reader and a socialite.
He wrote articles for many newspapers and magazines after retirement.
Jaitley, according to a friend, was writing a book on Kashmir that might have been interrupted by his illness and subsequent death.
Family sources said the cremation will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lodhi Road in New Delhi.