Guv, CM & RGU mourn demise of former governor Pradhan

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: Expressing deep shock over the demise of second Arunachal Pradesh governor R.D. Pradhan, Governor Brig. (Retd) B.D. Mishra described him as a distinguished bureaucrat and administrator, who during his distinguished tenure in various capacities made immense contributions to the nation, the state in particular.

He had taken keen interest in public service, especially education and Arunachal University (present Rajiv Gandhi University) was set up during his time. The state people will always cherish his fond memories as he had groomed the state during its nascent stage.

Dr Mishra, in his message, on behalf of state people and Raj Bhavan fraternity conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family members and prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace in heavenly abode. (PRO)

AONS ads: Pradhan, a former IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre who served in Gujarat and Maharashtra at the Centre, passed away at 92 in Mumbai on Friday. A prominent bureaucrat, he was one of the architects in drafting peace accords of Punjab, Assam and Mizoram. Being a confidante of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, he had served as union home secretary during his tenure, later became Maharashtra chief secretary. During his long tenure, Pradhan served as India’s resident representative to UNCTAD and GATT and other international assignments for over a decade, besides working in different capacities with then union ministers S.B. Chavan, Buta Singh and Arun Nehru. He had headed a probe panel that examined various aspects of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks for Pakistani infiltrators.

Interestingly, Pradhan as governor was the first to resign when the new government headed by Prime Minister V.P. Singh came to power at the Centre.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu mourning his demise twitted: “Saddened by passing away of former Governor of Arunachal Shri RD Pradhan Ji. A Padma Bhushan awardee, in his demise the country has lost a dedicated and sincere administrator. I pray for strength to his family to bear the irreparable loss. May his soul rest in peace !”

“Arunachal University, the oldest university was set up in 1984 as first state university laying the foundation of highest temple of learning of Arunachal Pradesh with Prof C L Anand as its first vice chancellor. Then governor R D Pradhan as chancellor had not only inaugurated its administrative building but had played a very proactive role for the varsity to grow and prosper.

“Though rechristened as Rajiv Gandhi University in 2005, but his good deeds are still imprinted in the varsity record for which RGU fraternity and students deeply mourn passing away of such a noted administrator and educationist whose absence will always be felt,” RGU vice chancellor Prof Saket Khushwaha said in his condolence message and prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace.

The great soul reminds me of Governor Pradhanji, who after delivering the 1st L B Sewas Dass Memorial lecture as part of first All India Police Officers’ conference in Nirvachan Bhawan conference hall here in February 1989, responding to a question from editor of this daily had promised to organize a seminar on the issue, which never materialized. The question was: “If state Chief Minister Gegong Apang was correct in his claim that most of the crimes in the state were imported, should another road to link the capital be opened or not to expedite development?

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