Shimla: Shiv Pratap Shukla was sworn in as the 29th Governor of Himachal Pradesh 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 Janki Shukla were also present.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 Rajesh Sharma obtained the signature of the Governor on the charge certificate.
Shukla said he would complete the works started by the previous governors and would also urge the Chief Minister to cooperate in completing those works on priority. He said Himachal Pradesh is a leading state in the field of education and now he would contribute towards quality education.
He said he would travel most of the time by road in the hill state.He said Sanskrit is the mother of all languages and has taken this ritual forward by taking oath in ‘Devbhasha’ in Devbhoomi. He said he would also work for the skill development.
He expressed his concern over the growing illegal trade of drugs in Himachal and said that this evil was rapidly taking our young generation, the future of the country, in its grip. “The saddest situation is that today drugs have reached even in remote areas, which needs to be stopped”, said Shukla. He said the Law and Police Administration work at their own level but there was a need to make society aware.
He added that it would be his endeavour to ensure the participation of every person by making the campaign of de-addiction more widespread through educational institutions and social organizations.
“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.
In the early morning, the Governor before taking the Oath performed Yajana along with family members.
Shiv Pratap Shukla was born in April 1952 in village Rudrapur Post-Khajni of Gorakhpur district, did his primary education in Rudrapur Khajni village and completed his graduation in law from Gorakhpur.
He worked as Sangathan Mantri of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. Politically, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1983.
Shukla was elected as a Janata Party candidate from Gorakhpur Nagar assembly constituency for the first time in the year 1989. After that, he was re-elected in the year 1991 and took the charge of Minister of State independent charge of Basic Education, Adult Education and Language Department in the government of Kalyan Singh, the Chief Minister of the first BJP government of Uttar Pradesh.
He also took over the responsibility of the Horticulture Department, Sports, Youth Welfare and Food Processing Department.
He was re-elected to the Vidhan Sabha in the year 1993. After being elected to the Vidhan Sabha for the fourth time in 1996, successfully discharged his duties as Cabinet Minister of the Prison, Law and Justice and Rural Development Department in the government of Kalyan Singh, Ram Prakash Gupta and Rajnath Singh. After this in June 2016, he was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh.
In Sept 2017, took over the responsibility of the Minister of State for Finance, Government of India in the Narendra Modi Government. He successfully discharged his duties as a Rajya Sabha member till July, 2022.