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5 New Governors Appointed by President Kovind

Published on October 02, 2017
President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed five governors for the states of Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.

5 New Governors Appointed by President Kovind
Lieutenant Governor for Andaman and Nicobar Islands was also appointed.

  • Banwarilal Purohit: Governor of Tamil Nadu. 
  • Brigadier (Retd.) BD Mishra: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Satya Pal Malik: Governor of Bihar
  • Jagdish Mukhi: Governor of Assam 
  • Ganga Prasad: Governor of Meghalaya

Selection Process of Governor

Article 157 and Article 158 of the Constitution of India specify eligibility requirements for the post of governor. They are as follows:

A governor must:

  • be a citizen of India.
  • be at least 35 years of age.
  • not be a member of the either house of the parliament or house of the state legislature.
  • not hold any other office of profit.

Powers and functions

The primary function of the governor is to preserve, protect and defend the constitution and the law as incorporated in his/her oath of office under Article 159 of the Indian constitution in the administration of the State affairs.
All his/her actions, recommendations and supervisory powers over the executive and legislative entities of a State shall be used to implement the provisions of the Constitution.
In this respect, the governor has many different types of powers:

  • Executive powers related to administration, appointments and removals,
  • Legislative powers related to lawmaking and the state legislature, that is Vidhan Sabha or Vidhan Parishad,
  • Discretionary powers to be carried out according to the discretion of the governor
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