Malik sworn-in as J&K Governor, assumes charge

Srinagar, Aug 23: Satya Pal Malik was on Thursday sworn-in as the 13th Governor of Jammu and Kashmir at Raj Bhavan lawns, overlooking the famed Dal Lake.
Malik, former Governor of Bihar, was administered oath of office by first women Chief Justice of state High Court (HC), Justice Gita Mittal. Malik, 70, who arrived here yesterday in a special plane, took the oath in English.
Advisor to Governor, chief secretary and large number of leaders of mainstream political parties, senior civil, Army and police officials were present on the occasion.
Malik, who was Governor of Bihar before his appointment by the President, replaced N N Vohra who completed two terms last month.
The new Governor is scheduled to chair a high level meeting later in the day to review security situation and development activities in the Jammu and Kashmir, which is under Governor rule since June 20.
The Governor rule was imposed when Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti resigned after Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out from the three year old coalition government with PDP.
The warrant of appointment of Malik was read out by Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam.
Former chief ministers Dr Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti; Union Minister of State in PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh, Speaker J&K Legislative Assembly Nirmal Singh; MPs; Legislators; Heads of Constitutional Bodies; Governor’s Advisors, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai; serving and former Judges of the J&K High Court; Director General of Police, Dr S P Vaid; Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir & Jammu; senior civil, police CRPF, BSF and Army officers, political and civil society representatives were among the modest gathering of 400 dignitaries who attended the oath ceremony.
A poet and author, Malik was previously the Governor of Bihar and Odisha and was appointed J&K Governor by the President on August 21, 2018.
Born on July 24, 1946 to a family of agriculturists in village, Hisawada, Baghpat (district Meerut) in Uttar Pradesh, Mr Malik after graduating in science, pursued law degree at Meerut University before joining politics.
He also holds a diploma in Parliamentary Affairs from the Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies run by Parliament.
He was a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly during 1974-77. He was also the member of the 9th Lok Sabha and represented Aligarh Constituency from 1989 to 1991. He was member of Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh for two terms of 1980-86 and 1986-1992.
Malik served as Union Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism from April 21, 1990 to November 10, 1990.
Malik was member of several Parliamentary Committees, including Panel of Chairman, General Purposes Committee, Business Advisory Committee, Chairman, Joint Sub Committee on Telecasting of Proceedings of both Houses of Parliament, Chairman, Committee on Papers Laid on the Table and Parliamentary Consultative Committee.
He is also a poet and author and has written two books on poetry and on political commentary.
Having special interest in history and archaeology, Malik is also known for his social activities, including establishing day-care centres for the children of poor labourers.
He has also organised several farmers’ and youth movements during his more than six decades long political career.
Malik, who was Governor of Bihar before his appointment by the President, replaced N N Vohra who completed two terms last month.
The new Governor is scheduled to chair a high-level meeting later in the day to review security situation and development activities in Jammu and Kashmir, which is under Governor’s rule since June 20.
The Governor rule was imposed when Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti resigned after Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out from the three year old coalition government with PDP.
Advisors to Governor B B Vyas, Khurshid Ganai and K Vijay Kumar met Governor Malik at the Raj Bhavan and briefed him about the functioning of the departments under their respective charge.
MoS Prime Minister’s Office Jitender Singh met Mr Malik at the Raj Bhavan here and extended warm greetings to the newly sworn-in Governor.
Former chief minister and vice-president of the National Conference Omar Abdullah expressed hope that his (Malik’s) term in office is a successful one & as the administrator of the state will work towards peace, normality & equitable development.