List of governors of Assam

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Governor of Assam
Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands Prof. Jagdish Mukhi.jpg
Incumbent
Jagdish Mukhi

since 10 October 2017
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceRaj Bhavan; Guwahati
AppointerPresident of India
Term lengthFive Years
Inaugural holderNicholas Beatson-Bell
Formation15 August 1947; 71 years ago (1947-08-15)

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.

Today, 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 5 years.The current Governor is Jagdish Mukhi[1]

Powers and functions[edit]

The Governor has:

  • Executive powers related to administration, appointments and removals,
  • Legislative powers related to lawmaking and the state legislature, that is Vidhan Sabha or Vidhan Parishad, and
  • Discretionary powers to be carried out according to the discretion of the Governor.

British Military Commanders in occupied Assam (1824–26)[edit]

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

British Political Agents in Assam (1826–28)[edit]

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

Commissioners of Assam (1828–74)[edit]

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)[edit]

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)[edit]

In 1905, Bengal was partitioned and East Bengal and Assam was formed, governed by a Lieutenant Governor.

Chief Commissioners of Assam (1912–21)[edit]

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)[edit]

In 1921, the chief commissionership was upgraded to governor.

Governors of Assam since 1947[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/najma-heptulla-mukhi-appointed-governors-116081700886_1.html