Srinagar: Girish Chandra Murmu, who took over as the first lieutenant governor of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, has resigned after 9 months. He has sent his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind. As per information, now he can be appointed as the next Comptroller and Auditor General of India(CAG). Rajiv Maharishi, who is the current Comptroller and Auditor General of India, is scheduled to retire this week.
First Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir was appointed on 31st October 2019.
Murmu became the first LG of the newly formed Union Territory after declaring the Jammu and Kashmir State as two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on 31 October 2019.
The former Union minister Manoj Sinha has now been appointed the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of the politically-sensitive Jammu and Kashmir. His appointment comes a day after the first anniversary of the abrogating Article 370 in J&K, and the state is split into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Murmu had been the principal secretary when Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. GC Murmu, a 1985 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, was Narendra Modi’s Principal Secretary during his tenure as the Chief Minister of the state. His resignation came on the same day that the provisions of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir were abolished exactly one year ago. On August 5 last year, there was a historic decision to divide Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories and abolish special status.
The current CAG Rajiv Maharishi is going to retire this week, talk of making him the next LG of Jammu and Kashmir. Murmu, a 1985 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, became the first LG of Jammu and Kashmir on 31 October 2019.