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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

Iqbal Singh, new Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry

By Gopal Ethiraj, Chennai

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Puducherry, 28 July, ( Congress leader and former Rajya Sabha member Iqbal Singh was sworn in as the 20th Lieutenant-Governor of the Union Territory on Monday. Chief Justice of the Madras High Court H. L. Gokhale administered the oath of office and secrecy to him at a brief function.

Iqbal suuceeds Govind Singh Gurjar who died of heart attack in April last, following which Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala was holding as additional charge the Union Territory.

Union Minister of State for Planning, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture V.Narayanaswamy, Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam, Speaker Radhakrishnan, Consul General of France in Puduchery Jollie Rayat, Ministers and legislators, political leaders and senior government officials were among those present.

After the swearing-in ceremony, Mr. Singh, in his message, thanking for the splendid opportunity bestowed upon him to serve the people of Puducherry, said his priority would be to endeavor to enhance the quality of life, and make Union Territory a model of “inclusive growth.”

Mr Singh said steps would be taken to accelerate economic growth with equitable opportunities provided to women and weaker sections of society. The Uniform Floor Rate tax structure was posing a challenge to the trading sector, he said. Other area such as tourism, with new infrastructure, could help the territory regain its position as a most sough-after destination.

Development of infrastructure, airport, free ports and special economic zones should be given high priority to ensure momentum of economic growth. On the achievements made in the higher education sector, he said “this quantitative achievement would soon turn out to be a qualitative achievement, when institutions compete with each other to achieve excellence.”

Mr. Singh hails from Jalandhar in Punjab. He is 64. He has been Secretary of AICC for 12 years.

- Asian Tribune -

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