New Delhi: In a significant development, the Centre on Friday appointed Expenditure Secretary Girish Chandra Murmu was as the first Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of the union territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir.
Former Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Radkha Krishna Mathur, meanwhile, was appointed as the first L-G of the UT of Ladakh.
Satyapal Malik, the incumbent J&K Governor, has been transferred to Goa, where he will be the 18th person in that office. He was the Governor of Bihar when, in August 2018, he was made the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a similar appointment, PS Sreedharan Pillai was given charge of Mizoram, while former J&K interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma was made Administrator of the UT of Lakshadweep.
On August 5, in an unprecedented move, the Centre revoked Article 370 of the Constitution, thus scrapping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. It was also split into two separate UTs of Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh, under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, which will come into effect from October 31.
The Valley has been under severe communication lockdown for well over two months. Several prominent leaders were arrested and put under house arrest, including three former Chief Ministers: father and son duo of Farooq Abdullah, and Mehbooba Mufti, who will go down in history as the last Chief Minister of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.