Monday, January 22, 2018

Former Governor of Sikkim, Shri T.V. Rajeswar passes away

OBITUARY FROM THE HON'BLE CHIEF MINISTER OF SIKKIM, SHRI PK CHAMLING

I m deeply saddened to know about the untimely demise of former Governor of Sikkim, Shri T.V. Rajeswar, who passed away in the early hours of 14th January, 2018 at his residence in New Delhi at the age of  91.

Shri T.V. RAJESWAR was born on 28 August 1926 in Salem, Tamil Nadu. After completing his MA in Economics from Presidency College, University of Madras, he joined the Indian Police Service in 1949. Initially, he was posted to the erstwhile Hyderabad State and, after the reorganization of states, he was allotted the Andhra Pradesh cadre. He served as Superintendent of Police in the districts of Nizamabad, Raichur and Guntur, and as Deputy Commi
ssioner in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. In 1962, he joined the Intelligence Bureau (IB) as Assistant Director. After serving   in Sikkim and Bhutan from 1963 to 1967, he was posted  as Deputy Director and Joint Director in the IB headquarters. In February 1980, he was promoted to the post of  Director , IB and held the post till August 1983, after which  he took over as Lieutenant Governor of Arunachal Pradesh- the first time an IPS officer was appointed to a constitutional post. He later served as the Governor of Sikkim, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh . After sixty years in civil service, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour, in 2012.

In November 1985,Shri Rajeswar took over as the Governor of Sikkim and held the post till March 1989.Due to his earlier stint in Sikkim as Assistant Director, IB, he had a close relation with Sikkim and the Sikkimese people. As one of the most popular Governors of the State, he had a firm belief in establishing the rule of  law all over the State by creating an atmosphere free of injustice, crime and fear. His charismatic and endearing personality was truly admired by the Sikkimese people.  

With the passing away of Shri TV Rajeswar, the State and the Nation have lost a worthy son of the soil, whose innumerable contributions will always be remembered . This is a sad day for us, especially for  Sikkim and the Sikkimese people ; and I,on behalf of the State and the people,  extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. I  pray that God gives them the strength and fortitude  to bear with this irreparable loss.We stand by them at this hour of bereavement.

May the departed soul rest in eternal peace!