New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday met newly elected Jammu And Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar and discussed security situation in the state. During the day-long trip to Srinagar, Sitharaman and Rawat also visited the Balbir forward post in Jammu and Kashmir, where they met troops of the 28th Infantry Division. Also Read - Economy Steadily Reviving, But GDP Growth Will be Negative This Fiscal, Says Sitharaman Amid Pandemic
According to a report, Sitharaman and the Governor Malik took stock of security issues in the wake of upcoming local panchayat elections in the state. Also Read - Stimulus 4.0: Centre Likely to Announce Measures For Industries Ahead of Diwali | What to Expect
On August 22, Malik was sworn-in as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. According to the officials, Malik ended the five-decade-long practice of retired bureaucrats being appointed to the post. Also Read - 'Unlike UP...': Rahul Gandhi Hits Out At BJP Over 'Gandhis Don't Care' Comment
Malik, a 1959-batch Punjab cadre IAS officer remained the choice of the central government because of his knowledge, expertise and negotiation skills. He was the first career politician to assume position after Karan Singh. Malik, who started as a student leader in Meerut University and became an MLA of Charan Singh’s Bhartiya Kranti Dal from Baghpat, in Uttar Pradesh, in 1974.
Malik had replaced NN Vohra, who was the governor for the last 10 years. If reports are to be believed Vohra was replaced amid differences with the Modi-led Centre over the formation of a new government in the state.