WITH the appointment of former bureaucrats as Governors of two Indian states recently, the government has made it very clear that rewards for good work could be doled out to former civil servants as well. Despite CPI(M)’s unhappiness over former IPS and current national security advisor (NSA) MK Narayanan’s selection as the West Bengal governor, the appointment of both Mr Narayanan and former defence secretary Shekhar Dutt who will now move to Raj Bhavan in Chhatisgarh has created hopes for some of the top bureaucrats in the country. In addition to West Bengal and Chhatisgarh, there are a number of Raj Bhawans in the country which are today occupied by former officers. Here are some of the officers-turned governors in addition to Mr Narayanan and Mr Dutt.
Dr Shivinder Singh Sidhu, Governor of Goa
Born on October 13, 1929, Dr Sidhu, an IAS officer of 1952 batch, has done his masters in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and later got his PhD from Kanpur university. His major postings included district magistrate in Kanpur and secretary to the Government of India. He was the chairman of Air India and Indian Airlines, and later became secretary general of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Canada from 1988 to 1991. His books are “Tourism and Aviation-Airborne for Progress” and “Flight into the Millennium-Aviation and Tourism Symbiosis”.
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Gurbachan Jagat , Governor of Manipur
Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary, Governor of Meghalaya
Lieutenant Gen Madan Mohan Lakhera, Governor of Mizoram
Born in 1937 and educated at the Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun, Lt Gen Lakhera took part in Goa operation (1961) and Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971. He was awarded Param Vishist Seva medal by the President of India on January 1, 1995. He took over as the Governor of Mizoram on July 25, 2006.
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Nikhil Kumar, Governor of Nagaland
Born on July 15, 1941, Mr Kumar is a former IPS officer of 1963 batch and son of former Bihar chief minister Satyendra Narayan Sinha. An MA in history, he moved up in the police career to become Delhi police commissioner, special secretary in ministry of home affairs and the Director-General of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and National Security Guards (NSG). His brother in Law is Rajya Sabha MP NK Singh, a 1964 batch IAS officer of the Bihar cadre, who had earlier served as revenue secretary and principal secretary to the Prime Minister.
Balmiki Prasad Singh, Governor of Sikkim