New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor Girish Chandra Murmu took charge as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on Saturday. He was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Cabinet ministers. He stepped down as the L-G of Jammu & Kashmir earlier this week. Also Read - Supreme Court to Hear on Tuesday Petition by Iltija, Seeking Release of Mother Mehbooba Mufti

As a constitutional functionary, the CAG is primarily entrusted with the responsibility of auditing the accounts of the central and state governments. CAG reports are laid before the Parliament and legislatures of the states. Also Read - Cess Collected by Centre Not Getting Transferred to Dedicated Funds: CAG

“By virtue of the power vested in him by clause 1 of article 148 of the Constitution of India, the President has been pleased to appoint Shri Girish Chandra Murmu to be the Comptroller and Auditor General of India with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office,” the finance ministry notification signed by joint secretary Rajiv Kumar Mishra read.

Former Union minister Manoj Sinha has replaced Murmu as the new Jammu and Kashmir L-G. The 61-year-old, who was administered the oath of office by J&K High Court Chief Justice Gita Mittal yesterday, said that he wants to accelerate development in the union territory, carved out of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir last year.