Centre appoints Murmu as new CAG

GC Murmu

New Delhi (NVI): The Central Government tonight appointed former Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu as the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.

Murmu had yesterday resigned as the first LG of J&K Union Territory. He will replace the CAG Rajiv Mehrishi who will be completing his term on Friday.

Earlier today, President Ram Nath Kovind accepted Murmu’s resignation and former union minister and senior BJP leader Manoj Sinha was appointed the new LG on J&K. Sinha, who arrived in Srinagar today, will be administered the oath of office at Rajbhavan there tomorrow.

Murmu, a 1985-batch IAS officer from Gujarat cadre, had been appointed as the first LG of Jammu and Kashmir on October 25 last year, just before the erstwhile state became UT on October 31.

Murmu, who hails from Odisha, had worked closely with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for over a decade when the latter was Chief Minister of Gujarat and is considered his confidante.

He was the Expenditure Secretary in the government of India since March last year before being sent to J&K. Previously, he was Special Secretary, Revenue, in the Ministry of Finance.

Earlier, he has served as Principal Secretary to the Gujarat Chief Minister when Modi held the post.

-ARK