Former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Wednesday took oath as Himachal Pradesh Governor on Wednesday, succeeding Kalraj Mishra.
Dattatreya, 72, was Minister of State for Labour and Employment in the BJP Government headed by Narendra Modi in 2014, and was part of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cabinet earlier. He is Hill State’s 27th Governor.
Mishra, the previous Himachal Pradesh Governor, is now new Rajasthan Governor.
Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary, Judge of HP High Court administered the oath of office and secrecy to him. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, his Cabinet colleagues and top officials of the state Government were present on the occasion.
The Governor was also given an impressive Guard of Honour on the occasion. Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi read out the warrant of appointment. Secretary to Governor Rakesh Kanwar obtained signature of the Governor on the charge certificate.
Talking to reporters, the Governor said Himachal Pradesh is known as the land of Gods and also identified as Veer Bhoomi.
The State has high traditions, rich culture and customs, which makes this mountainous region apart from others.
“I consider it my privilege to have a chance to work as a Governor in this Himalayan State
close to the nature,” he said.