Bhairab Dutt Pande
10th Governor of West Bengal
In office
12 September 1981 – 10 October 1983
Chief MinisterJyoti Basu
Preceded byTribhuvan Narain Singh
Succeeded byAnant Sharma
12th 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 Pande (born 17 March 1917; died 4 April 2009)[citation needed] 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.[1][2][3]

Born in Almora, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, Pande served as a Cabinet Secretary to the Union Government from 2 November 1972 to 31 March 1977.[4] When President's rule was imposed on Punjab, he served as the Governor of the state.[5]

Pande was married to Vimla Pande.[6] They had three children: Arvind Pande,[7] environmentalist Lalit Pande, and Ratna Pande. His brother-in-law, Vinod Chandra Pande, was also a former Governor and Union Cabinet Secretary.[6]

He was one of the last living members of the Imperial Civil Service, having entered in the 1939 batch.[8]

The Government of India awarded Pande the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 1972, for his contributions to Indian society[9] and the Padma Vibhushan in 2000.


  1. ^ Administrators Chandigarh Official website.
  2. ^ Governors 1947-
  3. ^ "Pande takes top post for two years". Telegraph. 11 September 2002. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Cabinet Secretariat - Cabinet Secretaries Since 1950". Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Daunting task before Punjab Governor B.D. Pande and his advisors". India Today. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Grace without measure". Indian Express. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
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  8. ^ The London Gazette, 17 October 1939
  9. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.