Jammu-Kashmir Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu Resigns

Girish Chandra Murmu has resigned on the first anniversary of Article 370 which gave special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Jessica David

August 6, 2020

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On Wednesday (August 5), Girish Chandra Murmu resigned as the Lieutenant-Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. Sources said GC Murmu had sent his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind. His resignation came on the day the Union Territory marked the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. He was the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir following the bifurcation of the state into two union territories. He had assumed office in October 2019.

Girish Chandra Murmu is a 1985 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from Gujarat. He took over as the Lt Governor in Jammu and Kashmir from Satya Pal Malik. GC Murmu has also served as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. He was a secretary in the Ministry of Finance at the time of his appointment as Lt Governor. Highly-places sources said that Murmu was likely to be given a new assignment at the Centre.

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