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The Chief Justice of Karnataka, N. K. Jain, administering the oath of office to the new Governor, Triloki Nath Chaturvedi, in Bangalore on Wednesday
The ceremony was attended by various dignitaries, including the Chief Minister, S.M.Krishna, his ministerial colleagues, the Governor of Jharkhand, Rama Jois, the Union Minister, Ananth Kumar, the Chief Secretary, A.Ravindra, and a host of officials.
Speaking to presspersons after the swearing-in, the Governor said he would not act as an agent of the Centre or anyone else. "I have worked in the Government as Home Secretary and Secretary for Law and Justice and I know the rightful role of the Governor. There should not be any misgivings or doubts about my role.''
The State had a hoary past and a bright future, he said and added that he would perform the duties by listening to the people and conveying the views to the Government.
He said he had the privilege of being associated with Mr. Krishna as member of the Rajya Sabha and that he looked forward to their association in the State.
Mr. Chaturvedi is the 14th Governor of the State.
He comes with an accomplished Civil Services background and also as a member of the Rajya Sabha for two terms.
Born to Pandit Kamla Nath Chaturvedi and Vidyavati Chaturvedi on January 18, 1928, Mr. Chaturvedi entered the Civil Services in 1950. During his career, he held many posts including that of the Secretary to Chief Minister, Rajasthan; Collector and District Magistrate, Ajmer; Joint Director, National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie (1967-71); Chief Secretary, Delhi (1971-73); Chief Commissioner, Chandigarh (1976-78); and Comptroller and Auditor General of India (1984-90).
Mr. Chaturvedi was elected to the Rajya Sabha in July 1992 and was a member of various committees, the prominent one being the Joint Parliamentary Committee which inquired into irregularities in securities and banking transactions.
He was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha in July 1998 and was Chairman of the Joint Committee on Patents (Second Amendment) Bill, 1999.
He has published books on several topics, including transfer of technology among developing countries and comparative public administration.
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