5 New Governors appointed and 3 Governors transferred - 17.01.2010
National Security Adviser M. K. Narayanan has been appointed Governor of West Bengal, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique issued here late on 16.01.2010. He is among the five new Governors appointed by the United Progressive Alliance government.
The former Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, was appointed Governor of Punjab as well as Administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, the communique said.
The other new gubernatorial appointments are those of M. O. H. Farook, senior Congress leader and former Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, as Governor of Jharkhand; Urmila Singh, a member of the Congress Working Committee ( CWC) who hails from Madhya Pradesh, as Governor of Himachal Pradesh; and Shekhar Dutta, former Defence Secretary, as Governor of Chhattisgarh.
The Central government also transferred three Governors. While E. S. L. Narasimhan was shifted to the Andhra Pradesh Raj Bhavan from Chhattisgarh for the remainder of his term, Prabha Rau was transferred from Himachal Pradesh to Rajasthan for the remainder of her gubernatorial term. K. Sankaranarayanan, Governor of Jharkhand, has been moved to the Maharashtra Raj Bhavan.
With Mr. Narayanan’s appointment as Governor, the government is now all set to name a new NSA; the former Foreign Secretary, Shiv Shankar Menon, and Shyam Saran, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, are said to be in the reckoning.
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