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|May 23, 1998||
Advani to oversee J&K dept
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government has entrusted the responsibility of the department of Jammu and Kashmir affairs, hitherto held by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to Union Home Minister Lal Kishinchand Advani.
A Presidential communique said the prime minister will relinquish the charge of this department with immediate effect.
The J and K department was created during the P V Narasimha Rao regime and was handled by the Prime Minister's Office. The Union home secretary is the ex-officio secretary in this department.
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