Girish Chandra Murmu, former Gujarat cadre IAS Officer has assumed office as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India succeeding Rajiv Mehrishi, who demitted office on Friday. Murmu was the first Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy to Murmu at a function in the Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Rajiv Mehrishi were among the dignitaries present at the occasion. After the oath ceremony Murmu came to the CAG office where he was welcomed by the senior officers of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department. He then offered floral tributes at the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and DR B R Ambedkar at the CAG office before taking charge. Before moving to J&K, Murmu served as Joint Secretary in the Department of Expenditure, Additional Secretary in the Department of Financial Services and Department of Revenue and then Special Secretary before serving as full-fledged Secretary of the Department of Expenditure. Before his tenure at the Center, Murmu has served on important assignments in the State Government of Gujarat. He has wide experience in administrative, economic and infrastructure fields.
He is a post graduate in Political Science from Utkal University. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Birmingham. Murmu, who was born on 21st November, 1959 in Mayurbhanj District of Orissa, is married to Dr. Smita Murmu. They have a daughter Ruchika Murmu & a son Ruhaan Murmu.