Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig. (retired) BD Mishra on Wednesday took additional charge of Mizoram after taking oath during a swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl.
Mishra was appointed as Mizoram Governor by President Ram Nath Kovind as an interim arrangement during the absence of the existing Governor Haribabu Kambhampati, who is currently on leave after heart surgery, said an official.
Gauhati High Court judge Justice Michael Zothankhuma administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mishra in a swearing-in ceremony held under strict Covid19 protocols at the Raj Bhavan in Aizawl on Wednesday, the official said.
Mishra is the 23rd Governor of Mizoram since it attained statehood in 1987.
Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga and his Cabinet colleagues, state chief secretary, director general of police (DGP) and leaders of political parties and leading NGOs attended the oath-taking ceremony.
Born in 1939 at Kathuatu in Bhadohi district of United Provinces of British India (present-day Uttar Pradesh), Mishra completed his Master’s degree in Arts from Allahabad University and M.Sc from Madras University and later obtained a doctorate degree from Jiwaji University, Gwalior.
Apart from this, he also obtained a law degree from the University of Delhi.
He has 5 years of teaching experience in the College of Combat at Mhow and in Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.
He joined the Indian Army in 1961 as an infantry officer and retired in 1995.
As a retired army officer, he is highly respected for having not only been involved in several critical operations but also fought for the country at the forefront of the battlefields on three occasions that include Sino-Indian War, Indo-Pakistani War 1965 and Bangladesh Liberation War.
During his stint as the commander of NSG Counter Hijack Task Force, Mishra received the Prime Minister’s appreciation for his role in ending the hijack crisis by saving the lives of all 124 passengers and the crew of a hijacked Indian Airlines at Raja Sansi Airfield, Amritsar in 1993.