Precious Kashmir Desk
Srinagar, Aug 5: Girish Chander Murmu, the first Lieutenant-Governor (LG) of the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir tendered his resignation on Wednesday, government run All India Radio reported.
The LG resigned exactly one year after J&K was turned into the Union Territory.
Sources said that Murmu is likely to be appointed as the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).
They said that Murmu will replace Rajive Mehrishi as CAG and his appointment notification is likely be issued on a day or two.
Murmu is a 1985 batch Gujarat cadre IAS Officer who worked closely with PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in Gandhinagar as well as in Delhi. He was Secretary-Expenditure when he was appointed as the first L-G of the UT, after the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two Union Territories — J&K and Ladakh.
Meanwhile, a local news agency KINS reported that the incumbent CAG, Rajiv Mehrishi, who is set to complete his term in coming days, is likely to be appointed as the new LG of Jammu and Kashmir UT.
The KINS said that Mehrishi’s name for the post is in circulation as he is considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also has in-depth knowledge of Kashmir affairs as he held the post of home secretary at the Centre for nearly two years after the NDA government came to power.
Mehrishi belongs to the Rajasthan cadre and was chief secretary before the Modi government brought him to New Delhi as finance secretary. However, after his retirement in 2015, he was given charge of home secretary for a period of two years and thereafter was appointed Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).