Governor
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The Governor of Assam, Shri Jagdish Mukhi meeting the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on October 28, 2018 (cropped).JPG
Incumbent
Jagdish Mukhi

since 10 October 2017
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceRaj Bhawan, Guwahati
AppointerPresident of India
Term length5 Years
Inaugural holderMuhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari (Independent India)
Nicholas Beatson-Bell (Pre-Independent India)
Formation3 January 1921; 101 years ago (1921-01-03)

This is a list of governors of Assam, and other offices of similar scope, from the start of British occupation of the area in 1824 during the First Anglo-Burmese War.

The Governor of Assam is a nominal head and representative of the President of India in the state of Assam. The governor is appointed by the president for a term of five years. The current governor is Jagdish Mukhi[1]

Powers and functions

See also: Governors of India § Powers and functions

The governor has:

British military commanders in occupied Assam (1824–26)

In 1824, British forces occupied Assam, which was politically never part of either India or Burma

British political agents in Assam (1826–28)

On 24 February 1826, the Treaty of Yandaboo ceded portions of Assam from Burma to Britain.

Commissioners of Assam (1828–74)

In 1828, Western Assam was incorporated into the province of Bengal, followed by the rest of Assam in 1833. A Commissioner of Assam was appointed, subordinate to the Governor of Bengal.

Chief commissioners of Assam (1874–1905)

In 1874, Assam was separated from the Bengal Presidency, and its status was upgraded to a chief commissioner's province.

Lieutenant governors of East Bengal and Assam (1905–12)

In 1905, Bengal was partitioned and East Bengal and Assam was formed, governed by a lieutenant governor.

Chief commissioners of Assam (1912–21)

In 1912, East Bengal was re-incorporated into the Bengal presidency, and Assam Province was again governed by a chief commissioner.

Governors of Assam (1921–47)

In 1921, the chief commissionership was upgraded to governor.

  1. Sir Nicholas Dodd Beatson-Bell, 3 January 1921 – 2 April 1921
  2. Sir William Sinclair Marris, 3 April 1921 – 10 October 1922
  3. Sir John Henry Kerr, 10 October 1922 – 28 June 1927
  4. Sir Egbert Laurie Lucas Hammond, 28 June 1927 – 11 May 1932
  5. Sir Michael Keane, 11 May 1932 – 4 March 1937
  6. Sir Robert Niel Reid, 4 March 1937 – 4 May 1942
    1. Henry Joseph Twynam, 24 February 1938 – 4 October 1939, (acting for Reid)
  7. Sir Andrew Gourlay Clow, 4 May 1942 – 4 May 1947
    1. Frederick Chalmers Bourne, 4 April 1946–?, (acting for Clow)
    2. Henry Foley Knight, 4 September 1946 – 23 December 1946, (acting for Clow)
  8. Sir Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari, 4 May 1947 – 15 August 1947

Governors of Assam since 1947

# Name Tenure
1 Sir Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari 15 August 1947 – 28 December 1948
- Sir Ronald Francis Lodge (acting) 30 December 1948 – 16 February 1949
2 Sri Prakasa 16 February 1949 – 27 May 1950
3 Jairamdas Daulatram 27 May 1950 – 15 May 1956
4 Saiyid Fazal Ali 15 May 1956 – 22 August 1959
5 Chandreswar Prasad Sinha 23 August 1959 – 14 October 1959
6 General (Retired) Satyavant Mallannah Shrinagesh 14 October 1959 – 12 November 1960
7 Vishnu Sahay 12 November 1960 – 13 January 1961
8 General (Retired) Satyavant Mallannah Shrinagesh 13 January 1961 – 7 September 1962
9 Vishnu Sahay 7 September 1962 – 17 April 1968
10 Braj Kumar Nehru 17 April 1968 – 19 September 1973
- Justice P. K. Goswami
(acting for Nehru)
8 December 1970 – 4 January 1971
11 Lallan Prasad Singh 19 September 1973 – 10 August 1981
12 Prakash Mehrotra 10 August 1981 – 28 March 1984
13 Justice Tribeni Sahai Misra 28 March 1984 – 15 April 1984
14 Bhishma Narain Singh 15 April 1984 – 10 May 1989
15 Harideo Joshi 10 May 1989 – 21 July 1989
16 Justice Anisetti Raghuvir 21 July 1989 – 2 May 1990
17 Justice Devi Das Thakur 2 May 1990 – 17 March 1991
18 Loknath Mishra 17 March 1991 – 1 September 1997
19 Lt. General (Retired) Srinivas Kumar Sinha 1 September 1997 – 21 April 2003
20 Arvind Dave 21 April 2003 – 5 June 2003
21 Lt. General (Retired) Ajai Singh 5 June 2003 – 4 July 2008
22 Shiv Charan Mathur 4 July 2008 – 25 June 2009
23 K Sankaranarayanan 26 June 2009 – 27 July 2009
24 Syed Sibtey Razi 27 July 2009 – 10 November 2009
25 Janaki Ballabh Patnaik 11 November 2009 – 11 December 2014
26 Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya December 2014 – 17 August 2016[2]
27 Banwarilal Purohit 22 August 2016 – 10 October 2017[3]
28 Jagdish Mukhi 10 October 2017 – Incumbent

See also

References

  1. ^ "President Kovind Appoints 5 New Governors, Tamil Nadu Gets Its Own After A Year". NDTV.com. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  2. ^ "P B Acharya to assume additional charge as Assam Governor". The Indian Express. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Najma Heptulla, Mukhi appointed Governors". Business Standard India. 17 August 2016.