Girish Chandra Murmu, the former bureaucrat appointed as Jammu and Kashmir’s first Lt Governor, has resigned, public broadcaster All India Radio said on Wednesday evening. Murmu was appointed Lt Governor on 31 October, Jammu and Kashmir’s first when the union territory carved out of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was notified.
There has been no official word on Murmu’s exit from Kashmir’s Raj Bhawan. But there is speculation that he could be in line to be the next Comptroller and Auditor General when Rajiv Mehrishi completes his term this week on 7 August.
Rajiv Mehrshi was appointed India’s top public auditor in 2017 after his retirement from the civil services. Before this, Mehrishi – also a retired IAS officer of the 1978 batch – has been India’s finance secretary and home secretary. Mehrishi can hold this office till he turns 65, on 8 August.
There is buzz that Mehrishi could be appointed as Jammu and Kashmir’s Lt Governor.
This is not the first time that GC Murmu, a 1985 batch IAS officer from Gujarat cadre, is resigning ahead of his tenure. Lt Governors of union territories, quite like governors of states, are appointed on a five-year term.
Murmu was the expenditure secretary in the Union finance ministry when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah decided to elevate him to the new union territory’s Raj Bhawan. Murmu had then resigned from the IAS a month before his retirement in November-end 2019.
Murmu, who is said to have the trust of PM Modi and Shah, had worked with them in Gujarat when he was posted in the home department. After PM Modi came to Delhi in 2014, Murmu moved to the Gujarat chief minister’s office as principal secretary to Anandiben Patel who had succeeded Modi in the state. He joined the central government less than a year later as a joint secretary in the finance ministry.