Murmu, Goa, J&K, Jammu and Kashmir, Malik. Satya Pal Malik, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday appointed Senior IAS officer Girish Chandra Murmu as the first Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Radha Krishna Mathur, retired Chief Information Commissioner of India (CIC) has been designated to the post the first Lt Governor of Ladakh.

The latest development comes days before the two regions formally transition into union territories from statehood.

At the same time, the current Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik has been transferred to Goa. The changes were sanctioned by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Malik succeeds the incumbent Governor Mridula Sinha. Sinha continued to hold her post two months past her five-year tenure till October 23.

After Murmu takes in charge as the Lt Governor the tenure of advisors to the Jammu and Kashmir Governor is expected to come to an end. The incumbent officers — K Vijay Kumar, Khursheed Ganai, K Sikandan and KK Sharma — are seniors in service to the new L-G.

A 1985-batch Gujarat Cadre IAS officer Murmu was appointed as Secretary, Department of Expenditure in March this year. Mathur is a retired 1977-batch IAS officer of Tripura cadre. He retired as Chief Information Commissioner of India (CIC) in November 2018.

Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will formally come into existence as union territories on October 31. The swearing-in ceremony of the new Lt Governors is expected to take place on the same date.

Earlier in August, the NDA government had initiated the process to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir in August by revoking Article 370 which granted special status to the state.

(With inputs from ANI)

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