New Delhi: A day after tendering his resignation as the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu was appointed as the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in a late-night development on Thursday. Also Read - J&K: 50% Rebate on Water And Electricity Bills | L-G Manoj Sinha Announces Rs 1,350 cr Economic Package for UT
A former IAS officer, Murmu was the forerunner of the CAG chair which was set to be vacant with incumbent Rajiv Mehrishi’s retirement as he turns 65 on August 8. Also Read - Record 3,186 Ceasefire Violations By Pakistan Along LoC In Past Eight Months, Highest Since 2003
Notably, Murmu was elected as the first L-G of Jammu and Kashmir on October 31, 2019, after its bifurcation from Ladakh last year under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act. Also Read - Indian Army Says Its Troops 'Exceeded' Powers Under AFSPA in Shopian Encounter, Initiates Disciplinary Proceedings
Earlier today, his position in Srinagar was replaced by former Union Minister and seasoned BJP leader Manoj Sinha who expressed confidence that his appointment will usher in development in the newly formed union territory.
Murmu’s resignation came on a sensitive day as Jammu and Kashmir marked the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution. As the first L-G, Murmu also faced severe controversy over J&K elections, as well as for his resistance to restore 4G internet services in the Valley.
Previously, Murmu has worked in the office of Narendra Modi when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister. However, after taking the central chair, PM Modi had transferred Murmu to join the Union Finance Ministry.