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LG designate arrives in Srinagar, likely to take oath today

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Will meet administrative secretaries at 3.15 PM on Friday

Lieutenant Governor designate Manoj Sinha being received by top civil and police officials at Srinagar Airport. Photo/Kashmir Images

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor designate Manoj Sinha arrived here on Thursday following his appointment to the Raj Bhawan, officials said.

Sinha was received at the airport by Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam and Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh, the officials said.

They said Sinha, who is likely to take oath as the second Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, drove straight to the Raj Bhawan from the airport.

Meanwhile, GAD has issued an order asking all administrative secretaries to attend a meeting with LG on Friday.

The order issued by the Deputy Secretary to the Government, GAD reads: “The Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor shall hold a meeting with all Administrative Secretaries tomorrow on 7th of August, 2020, at 3.15 PM (Friday in the Meeting Hall, 3rd floor, Civil Secretariat, Srinagar.

“Accordingly, all the Administrative Secretaries are requested to attend the said meeting on the scheduled date and the time.”

Earlier, senior BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh Manoj Sinha was on Thursday appointed as the new Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, the first political leader to take charge as the LG of the union territory.

The 61-year-old Sinha comes in place of former IAS officer Girish Chandra Murmu, who tendered his resignation on Wednesday night.

A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique on Thursday said the resignation of Murmu has been accepted.

The communique issued by the President’s press secretary Ajay Kumar said, “The President has been pleased to appoint Manoj Sinha, to be the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office” in place of Murmu.

Known as ‘vikas purush’ (leader involved in development), Sinha is a three-time Lok Sabha MP who held charge of the Communication Ministry as a Minister of State in 2016 when the telecom industry was engaged in sale of spectrum.

Sinha, a B.Tech in civil engineering, has been credited with overcoming the menace of call drop.

Elected to Lok Sabha in 1996 for the first time, Sinha, an agriculturist, is the first politician to be appointed as LG of the union territory.

Earlier the Centre had appointed Satya Pal Malik, a politician, as Governor of the erstwhile state before it was bifurcated into two union territories — Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir — on August 05 last year.

Sinha, who was elected to Lok Sabha in 1999 and 2014, was front runner for the post of Uttar Pradesh chief minister after the party walked away with 265 seats in the 403-member assembly.

Sinha, who began his political career after being elected the president of the Banaras Hindu University Students Union in 1982, was born in Mohanpura of Ghazipur district of eastern UP, and has been actively involved in working for the backward villages.

Murmu, a 1985 batch IAS officer, had abruptly submitted his resignation on Wednesday night on the day the Union Territory marked the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, which scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

The 60-year-old former IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre had on October 29 last year taken over as the first LG of the union territory after the state of Jammu and Kashmir was downgraded and sliced into two UTs, the other one being Ladakh.

Highly-placed sources said that Murmu was likely to be given a new assignment at the Centre.

The Election Commission had in July taken exception to the reported remarks of Murmu on timings of polls in the union territory, and said in the constitutional scheme of things, only the EC is authorised to decide on poll schedule.

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