At a formal swearing-in-ceremony held at Raj Niwas at Port Blair this afternoon, Justice Arun Mishra, Chief Justice of
Calcutta High Court administered the oath of office and oath of secrecy to the new Lt Governor. The Chief Secretary,
Anand Prakash read out the warrant of appointment.
Lt Gen Singh, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ex-general officer, Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, was commissioned into
one of the oldest Regiments, the 7th Light Cavalry on the June 17, 1973. Known for his high integrity and professionalism,
the General has been at the forefront of all recent major initiatives to transform the Indian Army and is looked upon as
a role model by large numbers in the Armed Forces.
The General has commanded the 7th Cavalry, a T-90 Tank Brigade, an Armored Division and the most powerful Strike 1
(Corps), and till recently, he headed the largest Command, the Southern Army, covering ten States and four Union
Territories and 40 % of India’s landmass.
He is credited with having ensured smooth civil-military relations and making major contribution in improving the
administration and amenities in over 50 cantts and military stations under his jurisdiction. For his exceptional and
outstanding services, the General has been decorated with numerous awards.
On assuming the office, the General said that he was honoured and humbled by the trust reposed and the great
responsibility entrusted to him. The General also said that providing security and balanced development, while keeping
ecological concerns to the fore will be a focus area.