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									                    Governor of Mizoram Shri MM Lakhera

            Father’s Name      Shri J.N. Lakhera (L)
            Date of Birth      21.10.1937
            Address            Raj Bhavan, Aizawl, Mizoram, pin 796001
            Phone Number       0389-2322262/2323200
            Fax No.            0389-2323344


The beginning days: Born at village JAKHAND, Patti BARJULA, tehri Garhawal on
21st OCT.1937. Father late Shri Jaya Nand Lakhera was a pioneer in education field in
the princely State of Tehri Garhwal. Mother late Smt.Kalawati was a house wife. Initial
education at the then Primary School at Jakhand. Early education at Rastriya Indian
Military College (RIMC), Dehra Dun from 1949-54. Subsequently received training at
National Defence Academy Khadakvasla, Pune and was commissioned in the Army
from Indian Military College, Dehra Dun on 08 June 1958.

The early career in Defence: Took part in Goa operation 1961, Indo Pakistan war
1965 & 1971 in Jammy & Kahsmir Sector. Attended Defence Services Staff College at
Wellington (South India) and Long Gunnery Staff Course at School of Artillery. Devlali.
Also attended Senior Defence Management Course at College of Defence Management
of Secundrabad. Was Instructor at School of Artillery 1967-70 and subsequently at
School of Artillery 1967-81. Commanded 4th Battation of the Kumaon Regiment in
Jammu & Kashmir from December 1975 to July 1978. Has vast experience in handling
counter insurgency operation. Was Deputy Commander of a Brigade in Manipur in

Few early stage achievements: On promotion to Brigadier, took over command of a
Brigade at Kanpur. The formation took part in operation ‘Blue Star’ in Punjab in 1984 as
also provided effective aid to Civil authority at Kanpur during 1984 riots. For his

successful handling of these operations, was awarded Chief of Army Staff

Commendation Card twice i.e. on 15th January, 1985 and 15th August, 1985.
Kashmir experiences and award of VSM: Subsequently held the appointment of Sub
Area Commander in Kashmir valley, where besides being responsible for logistic
support to forward troops, was responsible for aid to civil authority in the sensitive
Kashmir valley. For his efforts in performing multifarious tasks with sense of dedication,
compassion and rare élan as also displaying drive, initiative, professional competence
and devotion in discharging his duty, was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal by the
President of India on 26th January,1990.

The award of AVSM: Promoted Major General in March 1990, was Chief of Staff of
Kashmir valley based Corps Headquarters. Was actively involved in coordination of all
counter insurgency operations including sealing of Line of Control in Kashmir Valley and
Ladakh Sector. For his exceptional leadership and enthusiastic involvement towards his
responsibilities beyond the call of duty, was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal by the
President of India on 26th January, 1991. Subsequently commanded an Infantry

As Lt. General: Promoted Lt. General in September 1992, was initially posted as Chief
of Staff of Headquarters Central Command. Besides other operational and
administrative responsibilities; in the aftermath of Ayodhya incident in December 1992,
was responsible for coordinating ‘aid to civil authority’ in the sensitive States of Uttar
Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. Subsequently was posted as Chief of
Staff of Headquarters Northern Command which was dealing with the volatile
insurgency in the State of Jammu & Kashmir.

The award of PVSM: In June, 1993, took over Adjutant General of the Indian Army.
Was actively involved with policy framing on all aspects of Manpower Planning &
Management including Defence civilians. As Chairman of various Welfare Organizations
of the Army, made significant contribution in enhancing the efficiency of the
organizations. Was also Chairman of Principal Personnel Staff Officers’ Committee of
the three services i.e. Army, Navy and Air Force. Coordinated proposal of three services
for submission to the Fifth Pay Commission. Was also Colonel Commandant of Kumaon
Regiment. For distinguished services of most exceptional order, was awarded Param
Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India on 26th January, 1995.

The better half: Wife Smt. Pushpa Lakhera, a social activist, who has taken very active
part in resolving the problems of women specially Service and Ex-Servicemen family.

Post Retirement: He is the ONLY OFFICER from UTTRAKHAND to have been
awarded PVSM, AVSM, VSM and Chief of Army Staff commendation twice. After
retirement, was actively involved with welfare activities of the public in general and ex-
servicemen in particular. Also was Chairman of Ex-servicemen Cell of All India
Congress Committee.

As the Lt. Governor of Pondicherry: Took over as Lt. Governor and Administrator of
Pondicherry on 07 July, 2004. He is the first person from Garhwal Division to hold a
Governor’s appointment. As the Lt. Governor of Pondicherry, he carved a niche for
himself by showing exceptional leadership and zealous involvement in gearing the
Government machinery to come to the immediate aid of the Tsunami ravaged victims of
Pondicherry region. He personally monitored the progress of relief & rehabilitation
measures and took keen interest in bringing about a definite and positive change in the
life of the Tsunami affected villagers.

Legislation for admission to Private Professional Colleges: Realizing the importance of
regulating admissions in Private Professional Colleges, he was the first person to raise
the subject matter in the Governor’s Conference held in June 2005, bringing to the
attention of the august gathering the obligation on the part of the Central Government to
bring about a Central Legislation for regulating admissions in Private Professional
Colleges much before it caught the attention of the entire Nation after the Judgment of
the Supreme Court doing away with the State Quota in Private Professional Colleges.

As the Lt. Governor of A & N Islands: Was appointed as the Lt. Governor of
Andaman & Nicobar Islands on additional charge and was administered the Oath of
Office and the Oath of Secrecy on 29th November, 2005 as the ninth Lt. Governor of
the A & N Islands.

Soon after assuming Office of the Lt. Governor of A & N Islands, on additional charge
basis, he made whirlwind tour to all Islands of the archipelago to gather first hand
information on the progress of Tsunami rehabilitation & reconstruction works. He
pursued the review of Tsunami Rehabilitation Works with the same vigor and vitality as
was done in Pondicherry.

This apart, a series of meetings were held during each visit to the Islands with all
concerned to accelerate the various developmental activities in the Islands. Emphasized
the significance of improving the communication facilities between the Islands and the
Mainland in the Plan Review Meeting with the Planning Commission.

The importance to infrastructure development: His personal intervention in expediting
the clearances for a number of projects relating to Infrastructural Developments in U.T
of Pondicherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands have borne fruit with a majority of the
projects getting the approval of Govt. of India. These projects, once completed will put
both Pondicherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands on the fast track path to economic

Significant incidents during the tenure: His tenure in Pondicherry witnessed the
conduct of Civic Elections after a span of 38 long years. The elections to the 12th
Legislative Assembly of Pondicherry was also held during his tenure in a free & fair
manner without any incident.

The accolades: His dedicated commitment to the cause of the welfare of people, his
disciplined approach to work & governance and his proactive style of functioning has
won him many accolades from Pondicherry as well as Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

As Governor of Mizoram: Took over as Governor of Mizoram from 25th July 2006 till


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