Shiv Pratap Shukla sworn in as the 29th Governor of Himachal Pradesh in a simple but impressive ceremony held at Raj Bhawan here today. Acting Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court Justice Sabina administered the oath of office and secrecy to him. Shiv Pratap Shukla took the oath in Sanskrit.
Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and Lady Governor Smt. Janki Shukla were also present on the occasion.
The Governor was also given an impressive Guard of Honour on the occasion.
Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena read out the warrant of appointment.
Secretary to the Governor Shri Rajesh Sharma obtained the signature of the Governor on the charge certificate.
Mukesh Agnihotri, Deputy Chief Minister, Kuldeep Pathania, Speaker, Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, Jai Ram Thakur, Leader of Opposition, Dr. (Col) Dhani Ram Shandil, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Harshwardhan Chauhan, Industries Minister, Jagat Singh Negi, Horticulture Minister, Rohit Thakur, Education Minister, Anirudh Singh, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister, Vikramaditya Singh, PWD Minister, Judges of Himachal Pradesh High Court, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries, Rajeev Shukla, MP and Incharge State Congress, Tajinder Singh Bittu Co-incharge of State Congress, Pratibha Singh, MP and State Congress President, Political Advisor to Chief Minister Sunil Sharma, Principal Advisor, IT and Innovation to Chief Minister, Gokul Butail, MLAs, Justice P.S. Rana, Chairmen, Human Right Commission, R.D. Dhiman, State Information Commissioner, Rameshwar Singh Thakur, Chairmen, Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission, DGP Sanjay Kundu, Lt General S.S. Mehal, GoC-in-C, ARTARE, Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen and Members of various commissions, boards and corporations, Vice-Chancellors of Universities, senior officers of the police and civil and other prominent people were also present on the occasion.
Later, while interacting with the representatives of the media, the Governor said that it was a higher post of the constitution and he would work in coordination with the State Government.
Expressing gratitude toward the President of India for his appointment as Governor of Himachal Pradesh, the Governor said that he would work in accordance with the Constitution.
He said that he would travel most of the time by road only in H.P. so that he could know the problems of the people and understand Himachal more closely. He said that Sanskrit is the mother of all languages and has taken this ritual forward by taking oath in 'Devbhasha' in Devbhoomi. He said that he would also work for the skill development in the state so that the younger generation could be benefitted.
“Himachal is the land of gods and there should be no place for drugs here. I would also appeal for the cooperation of the media so that they become partners in my efforts in this direction.
Shri Shukla said that he was impressed by the hospitality of the people of the state.
In the early morning, the Governor before taking the Oath performed Yajana along with family members.