GC Murmu, who resigned two days in the past as Lieutenant Governor of Jammu Kashmir, has been appointed because the nation’s new auditor normal. Mr Murmu had resigned from his put up in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday and Manoj Sinha was appointed as his successor.
The put up of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) was anticipated to fall vacant this week as incumbent Rajiv Mehrishi turns 65. The Comptroller and Auditor General is a constitutional put up and can’t be left vacant.
“Rajiv Mehrishi is turning 65 on August 8. That is why the government is in a hurry to look for a replacement,” a senior bureaucrat within the cupboard secretariat advised NDTV on Thursday.
A extremely influential put up, former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai had authored a report that triggered the 2G telecoms spectrum scandal, extensively seen as one of many greatest contributors to the 2014 defeat of the Congress. In years since, the report failed to carry up in court docket.
Mr Murmu’s resignation got here days after an argument over media reviews quoting him that elections within the union territory will be held after the continuing delimitation train. Elections haven’t been held in Jammu and Kashmir within the two years because the elected authorities collapsed, with the ballot physique citing safety issues.
Reacting to the reviews, the Election Commission had, in a strongly-worded assertion, mentioned that choices on timing of elections may solely be made by it.
The GC Murmu-led J&Ok administration has additionally confronted controversy over its opposition to revive 4G web companies within the union territory. It has cited elevated terror exercise as the rationale behind its transfer within the Supreme Court in response to petitions in search of restoration of high-speed web.
Mr Murmu, a 1985-batch Gujarat cadre officer, labored with Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister, the official mentioned. After Mr Modi turned the Prime Minister, the officer joined the Union Finance Ministry. He turned a part of the expenditure division as a joint secretary.
The senior bureaucrat was anticipated to retire on November 30 final yr. But earlier than that, he was appointed the primary Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir after the state’s division into two union territories got here into impact in October.