Former J&K LG Girish Chandra Murmu takes oath as Comptroller and Auditor General of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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New Delhi: Former J&K LG Girish Chandra Murmu takes oath as Comptroller and Auditor General of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Kovind administers oath of office and secrecy to CAG-designate GC Murmu.

The government on Thursday appointed Girish Chandra Murmu as the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, a day after he resigned as the Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. Murmu succeed Rajiv Mehrishi, a 1978-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, who completes his term on August 7.Murmu, a 1985-batch IAS officer, had abruptly submitted his resignation on Wednesday — the day the union territory marked the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The 60-year-old former IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre had on October 29 last year taken over as the Lieutenant Governor after the state was split into two UTs — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Murmu was Expenditure Secretary in the Ministry of Finance when he was appointed as the Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.

He also served as Principal Secretary to Narendra Modi during his tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister. The CAG is appointed for a term of six years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.

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