Girish Chandra Murmu
Girish Chandra Murmu

Girish Chandra Murmu named Lt. Governor of Jammu and Kashmir

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, October 25, 2019

Girish Chandra Murmu, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1985 batch (Gujarat cadre), has been appointed as the Lt. Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Murmu, 59, is currently the Expenditure Secretary in the Ministry of Finance at the Centre.
A press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan also said Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Goa.
Murmu, who has an MA in Political Science from Utkal University and an MBA from the University of Birmingham, had earlier served as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Gujarat when Narendra Modi, now the Prime Minister, held that position.
Parliament had in early August this year passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019 and approved the resolution to abrogate the Constitution's Article 370. The Bill, which was passed by Rajya Sabha on August 5, was approved by the Lok Sabha on the following day.
The Jammu and Reorganisation Act bifurcated the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature, and Ladakh without a legislature.
Murmu will, thus, be the first Governor of the new UT of Jammu and Kashmir.
Former Defence Secretary Radha Krishna Mathur, 65, a retired IAS officer of the 1977 batch (Tripura cadre), will be the first Lt. Governor of the new UT of Ladakh. Mathur had served earlier as the Secretary, Defence Production and as Secretary,  Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. After his tenure as Defence Secretary, he had also served as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC).
The communique also said P S Sreedharan Pillai had been appointed as the Governor of Mizoram.
The appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices, the communique added.

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