Bhairab Dutt Pandey
Governor of West Bengal
In office
12 September 1981 – 10 October 1983
Chief MinisterJyoti Basu
Preceded byTribhuvan Narain Singh
Succeeded byAnant Sharma
Cabinet Secretary of India
In office
2 November 1972 – 31 March 1977
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Preceded byT. Swaminathan
Succeeded byN. K. Mukarji
Personal details
Born17 March 1917
Almora district, Uttarakhand, British India
Died4 April 2009(2009-04-04) (aged 92)[citation needed]
Almora[citation needed]
OccupationIndian Civil Service
Known forCivil Service
AwardsPadma Vibhushan, Padma Shri

Bhairab Dutt Pandey (17 March 1917 – 2009)[1] was a member of the Indian Civil Service and Union Cabinet Secretary of the Government of India under Indira Gandhi. He served as the Governor of West Bengal (1981–1983), and Punjab (1983–1984), and the Administrator of Chandigarh for a brief period.[2][3][4]

Born in Almora, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, Pandey served as a Cabinet Secretary to the Union Government from 2 November 1972 to 31 March 1977.[5] When President's rule was imposed on Punjab, he served as the Governor of the state.[6]

Pandey was married to Vimla Pande.[7] They had three children: Arvind Pandey,[8] environmentalist Lalit Pandey, and Ratna Pandey. His brother-in-law, Vinod Chandra Pandey, was also a former Governor and Union Cabinet Secretary.[7]

He was one of the last living members of the Imperial Civil Service, having entered in the 1939 batch.[9]

The Government of India awarded Pandey the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 1972, for his contributions to Indian society[10] and the Padma Vibhushan in 2000.


  1. ^ Singh, Jupinderjit (23 September 2022). "False narrative built before Operation Bluestar: Ex-Punjab governor BD Pande". The Tribune. Retrieved 9 December 2022.
  2. ^ Administrators Chandigarh Official website.
  3. ^ Governors 1947-
  4. ^ "Pande takes top post for two years". Telegraph. 11 September 2002. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Cabinet Secretariat - Cabinet Secretaries Since 1950". Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Daunting task before Punjab Governor B.D. Pande and his advisors". India Today. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Grace without measure". Indian Express. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Stocks".
  9. ^ The London Gazette, 17 October 1939
  10. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.