Girish Chandra Murmu sworn in as first Lieutenant Governor of J&K
Girish Chandra Murmu (59) took oath as the first Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on 31 October 2019. He was administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy by Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court at function held at Raj Bhawan at the foothills of the Zaberwan range. He will preside over the last Governor of Jammu and Kashmir (position now abolished), Satya Pal Malik who now moves to Goa for the remainder of his tenure as the governor.
The reorganization of erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir into Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh came into existence on the birth anniversary of Iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The creation of two new UTs of J&K and Ladakh follows a landmark decision by centre to abrogate Article 370 and 35A of constitution on 5 August 2019.
About Girish Chandra Murmu
Born 21 November 1959, G C Murmu is an MBA in public service and also holds a post graduate in political science. He is a 1985 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Gujarat cadre and has served as principal secretary to Narendra Modi during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat.
He took charge as the first Lieutenant Governor of J&K after the formation of new Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.
NOTE: Lieutenant Governors are appointed by President of India for a term of 5years.