Aizawl, May 28: The northeastern state of Mizoram on Monday accorded a ceremonial farewell to outgoing governor Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Nirbhay Sharma as he completed his tenure on Monday after serving as the governor of the state for three years since May 2015.
A farewell function was held at the Raj Bhavan here where Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, his cabinet colleagues, top officials and party leaders were present.
Addressing a farewell party at Raj Bhavan, Sharma said his tenure as the governor of Mizoram for around three years has been most satisfying.
“I and my wife feel at home here and the Mizos have showered us with tremendous love and affection, which we have attempted to reciprocate in some manner. In fact, we have fallen in love with Mizoram,” he said, adding that although he finds it comfortable to live in Mizoram, he has finally to leave the state as his tenure was over.
He said that during his short stay in Mizoram, he has learnt many things.
The outgoing governor said that his impressions of the state are quite heartening in many ways which comprises a highly literate and law abiding society, demonstrating some of the best practices in the field of governance and social order.
“These traits make us feel proud, but are generally unknown to the rest of the world. However, the state punches below its weight and is yet to realize its full potential given that it still lags behind in certain key parameters such as health, infrastructure and employment” he said.
He said that he used to work a lot for development of Mizoram and wished that the state will one day become “Gateway of India” to South East Asia and beyond, once the construction of railway line to Sairang and Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project are completed.
Sharma also thanked religious bodies, civil societies and NGOs for their role towards bringing all-round development of the Mizo society.
He said that Mizoram is receiving increasing attention from the Centre and recent visits of president, vice president, prime minister and other officials to the state has created a fair amount of momentum and expectations, which augur well for Mizoram.
The 72-year-old retired army officer from Lucknow became the 22nd governor of Mizoram on 26 May 2015. After 40 years of distinguished service in Army, Sharma was appointed member of the UPSC. He had also served as governor of Arunachal Pradesh in 2013 before becoming Mizoram governor.
Meanwhile, official sources said swearing-in of the new governor Kummanam Rajasekharan will be held at Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday. The BJP leader from Kerala was appointed governor by the central government late Friday evening.