S. C. Jamir
S. C. Jamir
LL.B., D.D., D.Litt.
|Governor of Odisha|
9 March 2013
|Preceded by||M C Bhandare|
|Governor of Maharashtra|
19 Jul 2008 – 21 Jan 2010
|Preceded by||S. M. Krishna|
|Succeeded by||K. Sankaranarayanan|
|Governor of Gujarat|
24 Jul 2009 – 26 Nov 2009
|Preceded by||Nawal Kishore Sharma|
|Succeeded by||Kamla Beniwal|
|Governor of Goa|
17 July 2004 – 21 July 2008
|Preceded by||Mohammed Fazal|
|Succeeded by||Shivinder Singh Sidhu|
|Chief Minister of Nagaland|
22 February 1993 – 6 March 2003
|Preceded by||(President’s Rule)|
|Succeeded by||Neiphiu Rio|
25 January 1989 – 10 May 1990
|Preceded by||(President’s Rule)|
|Succeeded by||K.L. Chishi|
18 November 1982 – 28 November 1986
|Preceded by||John Bosco Jasokie|
|Succeeded by||Hokishe Sema|
18 April 1980 – 5 June 1980
|Preceded by||Vizol Angami|
|Succeeded by||John Bosco Jasokie|
5 May 1962 – and 15 January 1966 
|Appointed by||Jawaharlal Nehru|
17 October 1931 |
Ungma, Nagaland, India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Alma mater||Scottish Church College, Kolkata
Dr Senayangba Chubatoshi Jamir (born 17 October 1931) is an Indian politician and Governor of Odisha. He has served as the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Governor of Maharashtra, Governor of Gujarat and Governor of Goa.
Jamir is the son of Senayangba Jamir and Takatula who died in 2016 of Ungma village, Mokokchung district of Nagaland and belongs to the Ao Naga Tribe. Grandson of Jongshinokdang, who in the late 19th century, had the providential opportunity to meet the American Christian Missionary Rev. Edwin W. Clark and was instrumental in bringing Christianity to Nagaland. He was born on 17 October 1931. He did his early education in Mokokchung, at Kolkata's Scottish Church College for his intermediate in arts, and higher studies at Allahabad University from where he subsequently obtained his B.A. and LL.B. degrees.
Jamir was a member of the negotiation body that held talks with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1960 leading to the establishment of Nagaland as a state within India. He was one of the signatories of the 16th Point Agreement which brought about the creation of Nagaland state and is today considered as one of the architects of modern Nagaland.
Jamir was elected as the first Lok Sabha Member from the state of Nagaland. From 1961 to 1970, he has served as Member of Parliament and during this period he has also served as the Union Deputy Minister of Railways, Labour & Rehabilitation, from 1968 to 1970, served as the Union Deputy Minister of Community Development & Cooperation, Food and Agriculture. He was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to Jawaharlal Nehru the then Prime Minister who was also in charge of the Ministry of External Affairs. He was a member of UN delegation in 1962.
In 1971, he was first voted to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. He served as Chief Minister of Nagaland five times (1980, 1982–1986, 1989–90 and 1993–2003). For his first two terms he was a member of the Progressive United Democratic Front, but by 1989 his party merged with the Indian National Congress. His tenure as the Chief Minister of Nagaland is considered as the longest, from 1993 to 2003. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from Nagaland for the term 1987-1992, but resigned in 1989.
Jamir served as Governor of Goa from July 2004 to July 2008. Following the resignation of Maharashtra Governor S. M. Krishna, on 6 March 2008, President Pratibha Patil asked Jamir to temporarily take the additional charge of Maharashtra. Jamir was formally appointed as Governor of Maharashtra on 8 July 2008, while Shivinder Singh Sidhu was appointed to succeed him in Goa. Jamir was sworn in as Governor of Maharashtra on 19 July 2008. In July 2009 he took additional charge of Gujarat state during the medical absence and subsequent death of Governor-designate Devendra Nath Dwivedi. On 9 March 2013, he was appointed Governor of Odisha.
Nagaland lottery scam
During his tenure as Chief Minister, The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) unearthed a major financial scandal in the Nagaland state lottery amounting to Rs 38,297 crore. The entire scam took place between October 1993 and November 1997. Jamir denied his government's involvement in the financial scandal but the special audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), ordered by the Union Home Ministry, indicted both the Nagaland Government and the state's sole distributor of tickets, M.S Associates, for defrauding the public as well as the exchequer of the amount on July 1999. This case continues to be pending in the court till date.
Jamir married Imkonglemla, daughter of Senkalemba in 1958 and they have five children and twelve grand children. His younger daughter died in 1996 while his mother died at the old age of 105 in 2016, after living a long life.
- "S.C. Jamir sworn in Maharashtra Governor", PTI (The Hindu), 19 July 2008.
- Some Alumni of Scottish Church College in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008. page 593.
- His Excellency Governor of Odisha Dr. S. C. Jamir
- "List of Rajya Sabha members Since 1952".
- "Krishna resignation accepted, Jamir in charge of State", Sify.com, 5 March 2008.
- "Three more governors shuffled", IST, TNN (The Times of India), 9 July 2008.
- Gujarat Governor-designate Dwivedi passes away
- The CAG report was authored by State AG who incidentally was brother of the Commander in chief of the then outlawed insurgent outfit NSCN (IM). Since the time the atter was raised during 2003, the State has been ruled by the regional govt. supported by NSCN (IM). The report estimated 800 Crore odd monthly as State income defrauded by the then government. There is no trace of similiar income acruing to State government during the rule of subsequent govt, not even 1% of the amount allegedly defrauded. The whole allegation was thus unfounded and politically motivated, Rs 38,297 crore lottery scam unearthed in Nagaland
- CAG indicts Nagaland Govt in lottery scam