Former Intelligence Bureau Director ESL Narasimhan was sworn-in as the Governor of Chhattisgarh state on Thursday. He was administered oath of office by the acting Chief Justice of the High Court LC Bhadu at a formal function held at Durbar Hall in Raj Bhawan.
Narasimhan, who replaced Lt Gen Krishna Mohan Seth, is a third occupant of the Raj Bhawan since Chhattisgarh came into existence on November 1, 2000. The first Governor DN Sahay was also a retired IPS officer while Seth, who had the longest tenure as a Governor, was from the Army.
A domicile of Tamil Nadu and an Indian Police Officer of the 1968 batch from the neighbouring Naxal-infested Andhra Pradesh, Narasimhan retired as the IB chief on December 31, 2006.
The Raman Singh government hopes that the appointment of a former IB Director in the gubernatorial position would help in combating Maoist activities effectively in the hardest hit Chhattisgarh state.
Later talking to mediapersons the new Governor admitted that the menace created by the Maoists is a critical problem for all the Naxal-infested states of the nation and affirmed to do his best in bringing peace in tribal dominated Chhattisgarh. He suggested media to desist in giving excess attention to Naxals. It may be noted that as many as nine districts out of the 16 in Chhattisgarh are declared as Naxal-affected.
While welcoming anti-Naxal peace movement 'Salwa Judum' he refused to comment on it. He parried a query on the latest IB assessment on the threat posed to internal security by Naxals. "As on today I am not in a position to evaluate it", Narasimhan said.
Chief minister Raman Singh, his cabinet colleagues, former chief minister and Lok Sabha member Ajit Jogi and senior officials were present on the occasion.