2nd Aug 2020 12:08:AM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ITANAGAR, Aug1: Governor Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) and Chief Minister Pema Khandu have condoled the sudden demise of the second Governor of Arunachal Pradesh RD Pradhan who breathed his last in a Mumbai hospital on Friday at the age of 92.
Expressing his grief, the Governor said that as a distinguished bureaucrat and admired administrator, Late Pradhan made immense contributions to the development of the nation and the state. He recalled the former Governor’s role in public service programmes, especially education in the state and said it was during his period Arunachal University, now rechristened as Rajiv Gandhi University was established. “The people of the state will always cherish the fond memories of Late RD Pradhan who groomed the state in its nascent stage,” Governor said in his message.
“I, on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, Raj Bhavan and myself convey heartfelt condolence on his demise and pray to the Almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul,” his message read. 
In his condolence letter to the daughter of Late Pradhan, the Chief Minister while extending his condolence, recalled his role in the initial statehood years of Arunachal Pradesh.
“In his demise, the country has lost a dedicated and sincere administrator who set pinnacles in his chosen career. I pray to the Almighty to bestow you with strength to bear the irreparable loss. May his soul rest in peace in heavenly abode,” CM’s message added.
The RGU VC Profesor Saket Khushwaha while extending his condolence on behalf of the varsity’s fraternity and students remembered the Late Governor’s role as its Chancellor.
In his message the VC recalled that not only the Late Governor inaugurated the administrative building but also played a proactive role in its growth. “Though renamed as Rajiv Gandhi University in 2005, his good deeds are still imprinted in the varsity’s record which will be remembered by the varsity’s fraternity and students,” his message mentioned.   
Late Pradhan besides serving the state as Governor from 1987 to 1990 was an Indian Administrative Service officer who also served the country as the Union Home Secretary. He played a pivotal role in signing of the Assam Accord and the Mizo Accord and held various Secretary-level positions at international and national levels in the areas of Commerce, Defence and Home.
A Padma Bhushan awardee, Late Pradhan was in service of the Government of India for 36 years and also served as a Legislator in the Maharashtra Assembly Council in 1990. PRO Raj Bhavan, CMO, RGU PR

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