- G C Murmu resigns as Lieutenant Governor of J&K
- Manoj Sinha, former Union Minister will be the new LG of Jammu and Kashmir
- G C Murmu could get an even bigger role
Yesterday, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Girish Chandra Murmu resigned from his post and a senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Manoj Sinha will be taking charge of the office now.
This big change took place on the 1st anniversary of the historic step taken by the Centre where it scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and turned it into 2 Union Territories. This change in the office has brought back some political face.
The 61 year old senior BJP leader has been a Lok Sabha MP and a member of top leadership panel in the Bharatiya Janata Party, the National Council. He has also served as a Minister of State in the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
1 year after the scrapping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Sinha’s appointment is being seen as an attempt to revive the political process in the Union Territory. Going by reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi could also visit Srinagar in the coming days.
An official was quoted saying, “It depends how Delhi wants to proceed,”, when Mr Sinha’s name was still to be announced.
“If it wants political activity to start, it has to appoint someone who can connect with politicians and political parties there,” said the retired bureaucrat who served in the Cabinet Secretariat.
In comparison, G C Murmu was a bureaucrat who was “handpicked at a time the centre wanted an administrator to see Jammu and Kashmir through the massive changes. His predecessor at the time, Satyapal Mallik, was another political face who was in the news over controversial statements.” said the report.
Murmu was a Gujarat cadre officer from 1985 batch and had worked with now PM Narendra Modi when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. After Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India, the G C Murmu joined the Union Finance Ministry.
He became Joint Secretary in the expenditure department.
The senior bureaucrat was expected to retire on November 30 last year.
Murmu, currently, is the front runner for the post of India’s new chief auditor, the post of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is expected to fall vacant in this week itself as the current CAG, Rajiv Mehrishi will turn 65.
The CAG is a constitutional post and cannot be left vacant.
A senior bureaucrat in the Cabinet Secretariat was quoted saying, “Rajiv Mehrishi is turning 65 on August 8. That is why the government is in a hurry to look for a replacement,”.