Amitabh Mattoo named advisor to Mehbooba Mufti

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday named noted academic Amitabh Mattoo as an advisor to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with the status of a cabinet minister, official sources said.

Mattoo also served as advisor to chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who died on January 7.

A Kashmiri Pandit, his parents did not leave the Kashmir Valley after militancy erupted in 1989-90 and his mother continued to teach in a local college until her retirement.

During his last tenure as advisor to the chief minister, Mattoo did not draw any salary from the government and took a token one rupee as monthly remuneration.

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