Former Lt Governor TV Rajeswar passes away; Guv, CM mourn

ITANAGAR, Jan 14: Former Lieutenant Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, TV Rajeswar passed away on 13 January at Khelgaon in Delhi after prolonged illness. He was 91.
He served the state from 10 August, 1983 to 20 November, 1985. He was the fourth Lt Governor of the state. A former Indian Police Service officer and former Intelligence Bureau chief, he was also the former governor of Sikkim, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2012 for his illustrious career and service to the nation.
During his tenure, Tawang district was created, bifurcating Tawang subdivision of West Kameng district, on 6 October, 1984. It was during his term as Lt Governor that the election to the third Union Territory Legislative Assembly was held on 24 December, 1984, along with the 8th Lok Sabha.
Governor Dr BD Mishra and Chief Minister Pema Khandu expressed grief over the passing away of the former Lt Governor.
‘In his demise, we have lost a great statesman and a prominent national figure. The people of Arunachal Pradesh still remember many developmental programmes and administrative reforms implemented during his tenure as Lt Governor,’ Dr Mishra said in his letter to Sijatha Singh, daughter of late Rajeswar.
In his condolence letter to late Rajeswar’s daughter, Pema wrote: ‘With profound grief, I write to share the grief of losing one of the most illustrious, qualified and decorated first-generation IPS officer, who scaled the pinnacle of his chosen career and inked history in being the first IPS officer to become Arunachal Pradesh’ Lt Governor, Governor of Sikkim, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
‘With the demise of Rajeswar, a legend who inspired millions with his illustrious career as a police officer, as an intelligence chief and as a governor has ended,’ the letter said.