DIMAPUR, July 2 � Meghalaya Governor Krishan Kant Paul took over additional charge as the Governor of Nagaland today. He was administered the oath of office by Gauhati High Court Judge Justice T Vaiphei at a ceremonial function at Raj Bhavan in Kohima.
Addressing the ceremony, the newly sworn-in Governor said, �You are all aware that I am here only for a brief tenure. Nevertheless, I assure you all that I shall uphold the highest traditions of this exalted position and will work for the principles that are sacred to our democratic values.�
He also asserted to uphold the Constitution of India and to devote himself to the service and well being of the people of Nagaland. Describing Nagaland as a beautiful State, Paul said it is often being called �The Land of Festivals�, and added that all the tribes in the State make their cultural presentations showcasing unity in diversity of the State in the famous Hornbill Festival.
Explaining that peace is essential for growth and prosperity, he stressed the need to facilitate a conducive social environment to enable the willing participation of all sections of society for inclusive development.
�We need to ensure the highest standards of governance keeping in view the interest of our people in mind. In this, the interests of the poor have to be supreme,� the Governor said.
A retired Commissioner of Police, Paul held a position as member UPSC and was appointed Governor of Meghalaya on July 8, 2013. Paul has succeeded Ashwani Kumar who resigned as Nagaland Governor on June 25. Chief Minister TR Zeliang, Speaker Chotisuh Sazo, a galaxy of Cabinet Ministers and others attended the ceremony.