Ten change makers who are transforming Kashmir for a better future

In the past months, there have been several silent change-makers who have been cleaning the system from within for a better future

Jammu and Kashmir has seen decades of bloody conflict which is sponsored by Pakistan, but after two and a half years of the scrapping of special status under Article 370 of the Constitution, the on ground situation is changing for the better.


In the past months, there have been several silent change-makers who have been cleaning the system from within for a better future. 


Here are top people who played crucial role in transforming Kashmir with their positive zeal and commitment:

1) Lt Gen DP Pandey, GOC Chinar Corps


Gen DP Pandey understands the pulse of terrorism in the Valley and the beneficiaries of the terror conflict industry around it. He is the General Officer Commanding of 15th Corps with its headquarters in Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar. He is credited with coining the term ‘white collar terrorists’ for the people who encourage recruitment of youth into terror ranks and seek financial and political benefits out of it and yet have remained unharmed until today. 


He is popularly known for giving a free hand to his boys during an encounter with terrorists but  he also monitored every move closely until the last terrorist is neutralised. During his tenure, a record number of terrorists have surrendered as well as national symbols getting their rightful respect and dignity in Kashmir after decades. He  is also known to have motivated and encouraged young Kashmiri sportspersons, artists, and creative minds.


2) Rashmi Ranjan Swain, Special DGP


Special DGP (CID) Rashmi Ranjan Swain, an IPS officer of the 1991 batch, is an experienced Pakistan analyst who has had a noteworthy stint with the Ministry of External Affairs.


 Swain is bringing finesse to policing and investigation to clean the radicalisation within and outside the system. 


3) Rohit Kansal


He is a senior bureaucrat known for his  understanding, and for remaining accessible to the public. He is an Indian Administrative Service. He is currently the Principal Secretary of the Higher Education Department and Information in J&K.


He was the face of the J&K government after the abrogation of Article 370 clauses and handled the sensitive cooperation and understanding between security forces and the civil administration as well.

4) Charu Sinha, IG CRPF, Srinagar

Charu Sinha was the Inspector General of CRPF, Jammu sector before being transferred to Srinagar. Charu has dealt with Naxals during her posting. After being posted as IG Srinagar sector, has impeccably divided her focus between lending an impetus to mental well-being, welfare, living standards, modernisation, operational efficiency of ranks and file under her command.

5) Vijay Kumar, IGP, J&K Police, Kashmir

Vijay Kumar is an IPS officer who has been the Inspector General of Police overseeing the Kashmir valley for more than two years.


He was given the crucial role of policing immediately after the scrapping of Article 370 sections, which was a challenging phase for law and order in Kashmir. He held a tight grip on the situation and didn’t let any stone-pelting or mob violence happen in Kashmir. Under his tenure, more than 400 terrorists have been eliminated. 


6) Shahid Iqbal Choudhary


Shahid Iqbal Choudhary is an IAS officer and also Secretary to the Tribal Affairs Department and CEO of J&K Mission Youth, as well as the Mission Director of Skill Development Mission, J&K.


Shahid is one of the most decorated bureaucrats of Jammu and Kashmir in the last two decades. Tribal communities have been given their due under the Forest and Land Rights Act under his tenure. He has led several crucial districts as District Magistrate including Srinagar, Bandipora, Rajouri, Udhampur, Kathua, Reasi and Leh.

7) Rakesh Balwal


Rakesh Balwal is the Chief of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Jammu and Kashmir and has led the investigation in several high-profile terror-related cases and cracked the brutal Pulwama suicide case. He personally worked night and a day to  shattering the backbone of terrorists in South Kashmir and exposing their hawala links across the border in Pakistan. 

8) Dr. Piyush Singla


Piyush Singla is presently posted as Deputy Commissioner of Anantnag in South Kashmir. Singla has a degree in MBBS and medical law. He is known for being accessible to the common people and having a spirited personality to develop an instant rapport with common people.

9) Junaid Azim Mattu


He is one of the youngest Mayors in India and arguably the best. He has traversed an exceptional personal and political journey. He took on the challenge of changing the direction of Kashmir. 


10) Athar Aamir Khan


Athar Aamir Khan is presently the Commissioner of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation and CEO of Srinagar Smart City Ltd. Lt governor Manoj Sinha had selected him to work in the valley and requested for the transfer of his cadre temporarily to J&K. He has inspired a generation of youth not just in Kashmir but across India.


Khan has a huge social media following among the youth and civil services aspirants, keeps focused on his work diligently.



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