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 L C 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 the Chhattisgarh came into existence on November 1, 2000. The first Governor D N Sahay was a retired IPS officer while Seth, who had the longest tenure as the 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.
Talking to mediapersons the new Governor admitted that the menace posed by the Maoists is a major problem for all the Naxalite-infested states of the nation and affirmed to do his best in bringing peace in the tribal-dominated Chhattisgarh. He suggested the media to desist from giving excess attention to Naxalites.
As many as nine districts out of the 19 in Chhattisgarh have been declared as Naxalite-affected.
While welcoming anti- Naxalite peace movement 'Salva Judum' he refused to comment on it. He parried a query on the latest IB assessment on the threat to internal security posed by Naxalites. “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.