Gurbhachan Jagat assumes charge as Manipur Governor

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Imphal, Jul 23 (UNI) Gurbachan Jagat was today sworn in as the Governor of Manipur.

Dr Shivinder Singh Sidhu, the former Governor, had been appointed as the Governor of Goa for the remainder of his term.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at the banquet hall of the Raj Bhawan today.

Mr Jagat arrived Imphal around 3 PM and was received by officials at the Tulihal airport, Imphal.

He later proceeded to Raj Bhawan and was accorded guard of honour. Then he proceeded to the banquet hall, where Chief Justice of Gauhati High court Jasti Chelameswa administered the oath of office to the new Governor,.

Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, his Council of Ministers, MLAs and officials attended the function.

Mr Jagat was the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) after he joined Indian Police Service in 1966.

He served as district police chief (from 1978 to 1981) of Amritsar when Punjab was on the boil and played a significant role to tackle the volatile situation.

Heading the intelligence/security apparatus in Punjab as DIG Intelligence/Security, Punjab Police (1982-1990), he coordinated the fight against insurgency in the state.

In recognition to his role and efforts during these grueling years, the Union Government conferred upon him the rare honour of Padma Shri in 1987.

He was also awarded the Indian Police Medal for meritorious service in 1982.

As Director General, Border Security Force (December 2000-June 2002), the largest paramilitary organisation in the world, he made great strides not only operationally, but also technically and administratively.

Apart from the above honours, he had received the following service medals: Pashchimi Star, Sangram Medal, Special Duty Medal (Punjab and J&K), Aantrik Seva Suraksha Medal, Operation Raskshak and Operation Vijay.


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