Former DG CRPF, ex-culture secretary named advisers to Uttarakhand governor

Former Director General of CRPF Prakash Mishra and former Union Culture Secretary Ravindra Singh were on Sunday night appointed as advisers to the governor of Uttarakhand, where President's Rule has been imposed.

PTI| Last Updated: Mar 28, 2016, 00:25 AM IST

New Delhi: Former Director General of CRPF Prakash Mishra and former Union Culture Secretary Ravindra Singh were on Sunday night appointed as advisers to the governor of Uttarakhand, where President's Rule has been imposed.

Mishra, a 1977-batch Odisha cadre IPS officer, had retired as the chief of the world's largest paramilitary force last month.

Singh, a 1979-batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer, had retired from service in April last year.

The two advisers to Governor KK Paul were appointed after President's Rule was imposed in the hill state today following days of political uncertainty as nine Congress MLAs revolted against the Harish Rawat-led Congress government.

The Centre has justified the imposition of President's Rule in Uttarakhand, contending that there was "no better example" for invoking Article 356 as the state government was "unconstitutional" and "immoral" since March 18 when it "lost" majority in the Assembly.

Speaking to the media shortly after President's Rule was imposed in the hill state, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said there were "cogent, relevant and extremely important grounds" on which the Union Cabinet came to the decision.