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Jagat sworn-in as Governor

Newly appointed governor of Nagaland Gurbachan Jagat taking oath administered by Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, Justice Chelameswar at Raj Bhavan Kohima. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Jul. 2009 12:57 AM IST
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Newly appointed governor of Nagaland, Gurbachan Jagat was on Tuesday administered the oath of office and secrecy by the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, Jasti Chelameswar at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan. Jagat, who is also the governor of Manipur, was given the additional charge of Nagaland by President Pratibha Patil on July 22. He will discharge functions till regular arrangements are made. The oath taking ceremony was attended by the state chief minister Neiphiu Rio, cabinet ministers, MLAs and other government officials and civil bodies. Born on July1, 1942, Gurbachan Jagat is an IPS (Retd) batch of 1966, Punjab Cadre. Among other posts, Governor Gurbachan Jagat was the Director General of BSF from December 2000 to June 2002 and DG, Jammu & Kashmir from February 1997 to December 2000. He also headed the intelligence/security apparatus as DIG (1982 – 1990). Governor Gurbachan Jagat further held the post of Chairman UPSC from April 2006 to June 2007 and was a member UPSC from August 2002 to March 2006. Governor Gurbachan Jagat is a recipient of Padmashree -1987, President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service – 1992, Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service – 1982, J & K Government ‘Police Officer of the Year’ 2001, Paschimi Star, Sangram Medal, Special Duty Medal (Punjab and J&K), Aantrik Seva Suraksha Medal, Operation Rakhshak & Operation Vijay Medals. Expressing happiness at the opportunity being given to him to serve the people of the state, Nagaland governor, Gurbachan Jagat called upon the people to come together for the sake of peace and prosperity of the state and for contributing towards the goal of developing Nagaland into one of the leading states in the country. Jagat who was visiting Nagaland for the first time described the people of the state, of whom he had heard much about, as “simply wonderful” and the natural beauty of Nagaland as “beyond words.” He expressed hope that everyone could together work on the difficult issues which have continued to haunt the people for the past many years and come to a solution. “Such a great culture and civilization has to take its rightful place in the vanguard of the States of our country,” he said. The newly sworn- in governor assured that he would be with the people of the state in whatever way he could. He prayed for God’s guidance in reaching the goal of a peaceful and prosperous Nagaland. (with inputs from DIPR)

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