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Meghalaya gets new governor

- Former Delhi police commissioner Krishan Kant Paul sworn in

Shillong, July 8: Meghalaya’s new first citizen — Krishan Kant Paul — today appealed for a development model that would not disrupt the harmony between man and nature while stressing on the importance of peace.

Paul, a former Delhi police commissioner, was administered the oath of office as the new Meghalaya governor by High Court Chief Justice T. Meena Kumari at the Raj Bhavan here.

“I have had the good fortune of earlier serving in the Northeast. The entire Northeast, and particularly Meghalaya, is endowed with huge, untapped natural resources and is acknowledged as the eastern gateway of India’s Look East Policy,” Paul said in his speech after being sworn-in.

Today, he said, the region has become the focal point in the country’s policy formulations.

“The investments made and those committed shall open up new avenues for agricultural growth and economic transformation through development of this region at a much faster pace. However, this development should be balanced and must not disrupt the harmony between man and nature,” the governor stressed.

Touching upon the need to maintain peace, he said peace was indispensable for growth and prosperity. “We need to facilitate a conducive social environment to enable the willing participation of all sections of society for inclusive development,” Paul said.

At the same time, he urged the government to maintain the highest standards of governance built on the principles of transparency and accountability. “The interest of our people, particularly the poor, should be supreme. In this abode of clouds (Meghalaya), let us all work together, try to reach for the stars and prove that our land is both beautiful and bountiful,” he said, while vowing to maintain fairness and justice while discharging his duties as the state’s constitutional head.

“I assure you all that I shall uphold the highest traditions of this exalted position, and will work for the principles that are sacred to our democratic values. The oath that I have just taken enjoins me to uphold the Constitution of India, and to devote myself to the service,” Paul added.

The oath-taking ceremony was witnessed by first lady Omita Paul, who is currently the secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee, chief minister Mukul Sangma and other luminaries.

Paul, 65, was the Delhi police commissioner from February 2004 to July 2007 and was made a member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on July 26, 2007.

An avid cricket lover, the new governor is credited with having cracked the betting racket in which South African Captain Hansie Cronje was indicted.

The 1970 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer is also credited with nabbing serial killer and master conman Charles Sobhraj.

Paul holds an MSc and PhD in chemistry from Punjab University, and joined the IPS in 1970 where he was granted the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories cadre, under which he was first posted in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and then served as the head of the Arunachal Pradesh police.


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