Girish Chandra Murmu, a former IAS officer from Gujarat cadre was sworn in as the first Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. The Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir Gita Mittal administered oath to Murmu at the Raj Bhawan.

Girish Chandra Murmu is a Gujarat cadre IAS officer who was serving as the Expenditure Secretary in the Union Finance Ministry. He also held several important administrative positions during the tenure of Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Earlier in the day Radha Krishna Mathur took oath as Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh Union Territory. Radha Krishna Mathur was an IAS officer of 1977 batch from Tripura cadre. He retired as Information Commissioner in November 2018.

During the oath-taking ceremonies the seal and emblem on the stage was that of the India instead of Jammu and Kashmir which has its own flag and emblem. Previously both the seals of Indian Republic and Jammu and Kashmir used to be present on the stage.

The Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh officially came into existence two months after the Jammu and Kashmir bifurcation bill was passed in the Parliament. The President’s rule imposed in the state has been revoked.

 On August 5, the Central government had announced the revocation of special status given to the state under article 370 and the subsequent bifurcation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories namely- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislative assembly while the Union Territory of Ladakh will not have a legislative assembly. With this the total number of states in the country will come down to 28 while the number of union territories will go up to 9.

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