Gurmit Singh
Lt. Gen. Gurmit Singh.jpg
Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand
8th Governor of Uttarakhand
Assumed office
15 September 2021[1]
Chief MinisterPushkar Singh Dhami
Preceded byBaby Rani Maurya
Deputy Chief of the Army Staff
(Information Systems and Training)
In office
October 2014 – January 2016
Preceded byJai Prakash Nehra (PVSM, AVSM**)
Succeeded byJagbir Singh Cheema (PVSM, AVSM, VSM)
Personal details
Residence(s)Raj Bhavan, Dehradun
Awards
Param Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg
Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Uttam Yudh Seva Medal ribbon.svg
Uttam Yudh Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg
Vishisht Seva Medal
Websitegovernoruk.gov.in

Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM [2] is a former Deputy Chief of Indian Army who is currently serving as the Governor of Uttrakhand.

[3][4] The oath of office was administered to Singh by the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court, Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan at the Raj Bhavan in Dehradun.[5][6]

A highly-decorated General Officer, Lt Gen Singh superannuated from the Army on 31 January 2016 after nearly four decades of service. Apart from being the deputy chief of Army Staff, he has held prestigious appointments of adjutant general and corps commander of strategic XV Corps that overlooks the Line of Control in Kashmir. He has also handled China's operational and military-strategic issues as Additional Director General of Military Operations. He has participated in numerous talks regarding border issues with China and visited Beijing, Shanghai and other cities of China for various talks.

He has visited Pakistan and Myanmar twice to discuss defence-related issues with a specific focus on the Siachen dispute. He had an extensive tenure of counter-terrorism in Jammu Kashmir and the North East as well.

Besides seven exposures to China and two to Pakistan, he has been a member of delegations to Vietnam, Maldives, Greece and Australia to discuss defence-related issues.

He has been a participant in TV Media on Nation First focus, as Jai Hind General and as a defence expert. He has done extensive media interaction initially as the Brigadier General staff and later as the Corps Commander of the most operationally active Corps of Indian Army headquartered at Srinagar.  His personality and thinking are based on the path laid down by Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s ‘Sach Khand Vase Nirankar and ‘Nishchiya Kar Apni Jeet Karon‘.

Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh, who is known for his military deftness and proficiency in the Indian Army, is presently bedecking the designation of Governor of Uttarakhand.  Shri Singh’s personality is a combination of bravery, courage, kindness, compassion, simplicity and honesty.  A wonderful amalgamation of simplicity and popularity in his personality.  An expert in taking tough decisions in his military career, Shri Singh is broad-minded, soft in spirit, heart and thoughts.  He has compassion, love and affection for all.

Forgetting caste, religion and class, he has the attitude to see only soul and Almighty in a person.  Shri Gurmit Singh Ji, who has entirely imbibed the three virtues of Sikhism; kindness, simplicity and honesty, in his personal life, has a unique combination of military aptitude and pleasing persona.  He touches everyone’s heart closely.  After becoming the Governor of Uttarakhand, the spirit of Patriotism and his Vision of serving the State have already been felt in his first message.

It would not be an exaggeration, if it is said that the conscientious, dedicated personality of Shri Gurmit Singh ji is the legacy of our Nation. The philosophy, values ​​and lifestyle of such personalities would be a unique present to the current generation.  His personality and thinking are based on the path laid down by Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s ‘Sach Khand Vase Nirankar and ‘Nishchiya Kar Apni Jeet Karon‘.

About his personality and educational qualifications;

Belonging to the most sacred place in Sikh religion, the city of Amritsar, he is the former Deputy Chief of Army staff of the Indian Army.

He belongs to a patriot family. His father Shri Mohain Singh ji served in the Indian Army and elder brother had served in Indian Air Force.

He represented the country on many occasions. He participated in numerous talks regarding border issues with China and visited to Beijing, Shanghai and other cities of China for Talks/visits.

He visited Pakistan for Talks on Siachen and other issues.  Had extensive tenure of counter terrorism in Jammu Kashmir and North East.

He is a well known as a scholar on defense matters. While serving the country, he also studied on defense matter in the Jawahar Lal Nehru University, National Defense University, Washington and National Defence University, Taipei, Taiwan.  For two years, he researched on India-China border issues. As an Adjutant General of Indian Army, worked on human resource management. Apart from this, he was focused on information technology, human resource management, training, manpower policy and planning, recruitment, selection, motivation, morale, health, discipline, legal issues, welfare, resettlement and issues related to ex-servicemen during his various postings.

He has special attachment with soldiers, warriors and the martyrs.  He was also Chief Executive Patron of the Rashtriya Sainik Sanstha . He has been participating in TV Media on Nation First focus, as Jai Hind General and as a defense expert.

He has been awarded with Four Presidential Awards and two  commendations by Chief of Army Staff, during his nearly 40 years of service in the Army;  Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.  He had also served in Banbasa, of Uttarakhand during his tenure in Army.

Life and career

Personal Life and Education

Lt Gen Gurmit Singh was born on 1 February 1956 in Jalal Usman, Amritsar, Punjab. He belongs to a patriot family. His father, Shri Mohain Singh served in the Indian Army and his elder brother served in Indian Air Force. He completed his primary education at Sainik School Kapurthala, Punjab.

A graduate from the Defence Services Staff Course and National Defence College, Lt Gen Singh has done two M.Phil degrees from Chennai and Indore universities besides being a research fellow for two years on the India-China Boundary issue at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University during his study leave from the Indian Army. He has also been a student of National Defense University, Washington and National Defence University, Taipei, Taiwan. 

As an Adjutant General of the Indian Army, he worked on human resource management. Apart from this, he has also studied extensively about information technology, training, manpower policy and planning, recruitment, selection, motivation, morale, health, discipline, legal issues, welfare, resettlement and issues related to ex-servicemen during his various postings.

Military career

Lt. Gen. Singh joined Indian Army as an Infantry Company Commander. He then progressed in his journey to become Brigade Commander. He then went on to become Brigadier General of Army Staff, Major General, Additional Director General of Military Operations and Deputy Chief of Army Staff. During his stint in the Army, he was a part of numerous expert groups, joint working groups, annual dialogues and China study group meetings for over a decade. He was also the Chief Executive Patron of the Rashtriya Sainik Sanstha. He had also served in Banbasa, Uttarakhand during his tenure in Army.

Honours and Decorations

Lt Gen Singh has been awarded Four Presidential Awards and two commendations by the Chief of Army Staff during his nearly 40 years of service in the Army. He has also been honoured with Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.  

Government offices Preceded byBaby Rani Maurya Governor of Uttarakhand 9 September 2021 – Present Succeeded byIncumbent

External links

Gurmit Singh on Twitter

References

  1. ^ "New Uttarakhand governor likely to take oath on September 15 | Dehradun News - Times of India".
  2. ^ Bureau, ABP News (9 September 2021). "Gurmit Singh Appointed Governor Of U'khand, Purohit Gets Punjab, RN Ravi Shifted To Tamil Nadu". news.abplive.com.
  3. ^ "Lt Gen (retd) Gurmit Singh appointed governor of U'khand, ex-IPS RN Ravi new TN governor". The Economic Times.
  4. ^ "नियुक्ति: उत्तराखंड के राज्यपाल बनाए गए गुरमीत सिंह, बनवारीलाल पुरोहित को पंजाब की जिम्मेदारी". Amar Ujala (in Hindi).
  5. ^ "Former Deputy Chief of Indian Army Lt Gen Gurmit Singh Sworn in as Uttarakhand Governor". News18. 2021-09-15. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  6. ^ "Official Bio Sketch" (PDF).