NEW DELHI: A senior IAS officer, Girish Chander Murmu has been appointed the first Lt Governor of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK).
Girish Chander Murmu had worked closely with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat and is currently serving as the expenditure secretary.
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Murmu is a 59-year-old IAS officer of 1985 batch, he worked as Modi’s additional principal secretary during his tenure as Gujarat chief minister. He was due for retirement on 30th November.
He will conduct an oath on 31st October in Srinagar after which he will be the administrative head of IoK.
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The two Union territories Ladakh and IoK will come into existence on 31st October after the Indian government abolished the special status of the state in August.
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With the appointment of Murmu, the tenure of the IoK Governor’s advisers, K. Vijay Kumar, Khursheed Ganai, K. Sikandan and K.K. Sharma will come to an end.