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New Governor has a ‘mission’

Published: 22nd March 2013 10:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd March 2013 10:20 AM   |  A+A-

Veteran Congress leader and former Nagaland chief minister Senayangba Chubatoshi Jamir was on Thursday sworn in as the 44th Governor of Odisha. Jamir was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of Orissa High Court C Nagappan at Raj Bhavan here.

The 82-year-old Jamir succeeded MC Bhandare, whose tenure had ended on August 20 last year but continued in office till appointment of the new head of state. Soon after taking oath, Jamir said he has come to Odisha “with a mission ... of serving the people.”

Considered as an architect of modern Nagaland, Jamir had also served as the Governor of Maharashtra and Goa, besides being the chief minister of the north-eastern state five times.

Jamir was first nominated a member of Lok Sabha in 1961 and appointed Parliamentary secretary to the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who was also in-charge of external affairs.

He was later elevated as deputy minister of railways and also served in other ministries at the Centre __ Labour and Rehabilitation,  Community Development and Cooperation, and Food and Agriculture. A host of dignitaries, including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, attended the swearing-in ceremony.

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