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Satya Pal Malik tipped to first Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir
10/22/2019 11:42:48 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Oct 22:
Incumbent Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik has been tipped to be appointed as the new Lieutenant Governor once the state is formally classified as a Union Territory on October 31.
Government sources told news agency that while other names have also been considered for the top post, Malik is the clear front-runner and the final decision will be made soon. The government, they said, feels that Malik is the best available choice as he understands the present scenario well and has been steering the state for well over a year now.
The state was divided into two union territories - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh - when article 370 was removed and the reorganisation act will come into effect on October 31. The swearing-in ceremony of the new L-G is likely to take place on the same date.
Officials said it was still under government's consideration whether any of the five advisors to Governor would be retained or not.
Once J&K becomes a UT, the Centre will be in direct control of law and order and police through the L-G, while land will be a subject under the elected government there. Land -- the rights in or over it - will be with the elected government of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, unlike in Delhi where the L-G exercises control.
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