Girish Chandra Murmu appointed first LG of Jammu and Kashmir, Governor SP Malik transferred to Goa

NEW DELHI: IAS officer Girish Chandra Murmu has been appointed the first Lieutenant-Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, a statement from President Ram Nath Kovind's office said on Friday. Radha Krishna Mathur has been named as the Lieutenant-Governor of Ladakh.

The two Union Territories were created after the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.

Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, has been appointed as the Governor of Goa.

Murmu is a 1985-batch officer of the Gujarat cadre and was principal secretary to Narendra Modi during his tenure as Gujarat chief minister.

The appointments come ahead of the state being formally classified as a Union Territory on October 31.

The state was divided into two Union Territories - Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh - when the BJP-led central government stripped it of its special status and the reorganisation act will come into effect on October 31. The swearing-in ceremony of the new L-G is likely to take place on the same date.

Once J&K becomes a Union Territory, the Centre will be in direct control of law and order and police through the L-G, while land will be a subject under the elected government there. Land - the rights in or over it - will be with the elected government of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, unlike in Delhi where the L-G exercises control.

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