Updated: August 28, 2021 5:02:54 am
Banwarilal Purohit will hold the additional charge of Chandigarh Administrator, besides being the Punjab Governor, an order released by the President of India’s office said on Friday. Purohit has replaced VP Singh Badnore, whose term ended on August 22 this month.
Purohit, 81, is presently the Governor of Tamil Nadu and Punjab, and will continue holding those charges, besides being the Chandigarh Administrator.
An order by the office of teh President of India stated, “The President of India has been pleased to appoint Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu to discharge the functions of the Governor of Punjab, in addition to his own duties from the date he assumes the charge of the office of Governor of Punjab until regular arrangements are made. The President of India has also been pleased to appoint Banwarilal Purohit to be the Administrator of Union Territory of Chandigarh, in addition to his duties as Governor of Punjab.”
Purohit already has a connection with Chandigarh, it seems. He had gained ownership of the Nagpur daily newspaper The Hitavada from the Servants of India Society in 1979. The newspaper was launched by Gopal Krishna Gokhale in 1911 and Purohit is its current managing editor. The servants of India Society had constructed the Lajpat Rai Bhawan at Chandigarh.
Also, Purohit is the Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan schools, founded by Late Kanaiylal Maneklal Munshi in 1938.
Purohit has previously served as the Governor of Assam in August 2016. He has held offices of the Governor of Meghalaya (2017), Governor of Assam (2016–2017), and has been a Member of the Lok Sabha from 1984–1991.
SPECULATIONS OF HAVING AN INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATOR PUT TO REST
The appointment of Purohit has also put speculations to rest that Chandigarh will get an independent Administrator. A few days ago, the Union Ministry of Home affairs too had clarified the same stand of not having any such plans.
The ministry had stated that the Union Government has not taken any decision of divesting Punjab Governor of the responsibility of Chandigarh Administrator and neither is there any such proposal under contemplation.
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