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Former Governor

LT GEN (Retd) M.M. LAKHERA, PVSM,AVSM,VSM (25th Jul 2006 to 1st Sep 2011)

Name Lt Gen (Retd) M.M. Lakhera, PVSM,AVSM,VSM Madan Mohan LAKHERA
Father's Name Shri J.N. Lakhera (L)
Date of Birth: 21.10.1937



The beginning days: Born at village JAKHAND, Patti BARJULA, tehri Garhawal on 21st OCT.1937. Father late Shri Jaya Nand Lakhera was a pioneer in education field in the princely State of Tehri Garhwal. Mother late Smt.Kalawati was a house wife. Initial education at the then Primary School at Jakhand. Early education at Rastriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehra Dun from 1949-54. Subsequently received training at National Defence Academy Khadakvasla, Pune and was commissioned in the Army from Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun on 08 June 1958.

The early career in Defence: Took part in Goa operation 1961, Indo Pakistan war 1965 & 1971 in Jammu & Kashmir Sector. Attended Defence Services Staff College at Wellington (South India) and Long Gunnery Staff Course at School of Artillery. Devlali. Also attended Senior Defence Management Course at College of Defence Management of Secundrabad. Was Instructor at School of Artillery 1967-70 and subsequently at Army War 1978 - 81. Commanded 4th Battation of the Kumaon Regiment in Jammu & Kashmir from December 1975 to July 1978. Has vast experience in handling counter insurgency operation. Was Deputy Commander of a Brigade in Manipur in 1981-82.

Few early stage achievements: On promotion to Brigadier, took over command of a Brigade at Kanpur. The formation took part in operation ‘Blue Star’ in Punjab in 1984 as also provided effective aid to Civil authority at Kanpur during 1984 riots. For his successful handling of these operations, was awarded Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card twice i.e. on 15th January, 1985 and 15th August, 1985.

Kashmir experiences and award of VSM: Subsequently held the appointment of Sub Area Commander in Kashmir valley, where besides being responsible for logistic support to forward troops, was responsible for aid to civil authority in the sensitive Kashmir valley. For his efforts in performing multifarious tasks with sense of dedication, compassion and rare élan as also displaying drive, initiative, professional competence and devotion in discharging his duty, was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India on 26th January,1990.

The award of AVSM: Promoted Major General in March 1990, was Chief of Staff of Kashmir valley based Corps Headquarters. Was actively involved in coordination of all counter insurgency operations including sealing of Line of Control in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh Sector. For his exceptional leadership and enthusiastic involvement towards his responsibilities beyond the call of duty, was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India on 26th January, 1991. Subsequently commanded an Infantry Division.

As Lt. General: Promoted Lt. General in September 1992, was initially posted as Chief of Staff of Headquarters Central Command. Besides other operational and administrative responsibilities; in the aftermath of Ayodhya incident in December 1992, was responsible for coordinating ‘aid to civil authority’ in the sensitive States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. Subsequently was posted as Chief of Staff of Headquarters Northern Command which was dealing with the volatile insurgency in the State of Jammu & Kashmir.

The award of PVSM: In June, 1993, took over Adjutant General of the Indian Army. Was actively involved with policy framing on all aspects of Manpower Planning & Management including Defence civilians. As Chairman of various Welfare Organizations of the Army, made significant contribution in enhancing the efficiency of the organizations. Was also Chairman of Principal Personnel Staff Officers’ Committee of the three services i.e. Army, Navy and Air Force. Coordinated proposal of three services for submission to the Fifth Pay Commission. Was also Colonel Commandant of Kumaon Regiment. For distinguished services of most exceptional order, was awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India on 26th January, 1995.

The better half: Wife Smt. Pushpa Lakhera, a social activist, who has taken very active part in resolving the problems of women specially Service and Ex-Servicemen family.

Post Retirement: He is the ONLY OFFICER from UTTRAKHAND to have been awarded PVSM, AVSM, VSM and Chief of Army Staff commendation twice. After retirement, was actively involved with welfare activities of the public in general and ex-servicemen in particular. Also was Chairman of Ex-servicemen Cell of All India Congress Committee.

As the Lt. Governor of Pondicherry: Took over as Lt. Governor and Administrator of Pondicherry on 07 July, 2004. He is the first person from Garhwal Division to hold a Governor’s appointment. As the Lt. Governor of Pondicherry, he carved a niche for himself by showing exceptional leadership and zealous involvement in gearing the Government machinery to come to the immediate aid of the Tsunami ravaged victims of Pondicherry region. He personally monitored the progress of relief & rehabilitation measures and took keen interest in bringing about a definite and positive change in the life of the Tsunami affected villagers.

Legislation for admission to Private Professional Colleges: Realising the importance of regulating admissions in Private Professional Colleges, he was the first person to raise the subject matter in the Governor’s Conference held in June 2005, bringing to the attention of the august gathering the obligation on the part of the Central Government to bring about a Central Legistation for regulating admissions in Private Professional Colleges much before it caught the attention of the entire Nation after the Judgement of the Supreme Court doing away with the State Quota in Private Professional Colleges.

As the Lt. Governor of A & N Islands: Was appointed as the Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicober Islands on additional charge and was administered the Oath of Office and the Oath of Secrecy on 29th November, 2005 as the ninth Lt. Governor of the A & N Islands.

Soon after assuming Office of the Lt. Governor of A & N Islands, on additional charge basis, he made whirlwind tour to all Islands of the archipelago to gather first hand information on the progress of Tsunami rehabilitation & reconstruction works. He pursued the review of Tsunami Rehabilitation Works with the same vigour and vitality as was done in Pondicherry.

This apart, a series of meetings were held during each visit to the Islands with all concerned to accelerate the various developmental activities in the Islands. Emphasized the significance of improving the communication facilities between the Islands and the Mainland in the Plan Review Meeting with the Planning Commission.

The importance to infrastructure development: His personal intervention in expediting the clearances for a number of projects relating to Infrastructural Developments in U.T of Pondicherry and Andaman & Nicober Islands have borne fruit with a majority of the projects getting the approval of Govt. of India. These projects, once completed will put both Pondicherry and Andaman & Nicober Islands on the fast track path to economic prosperity.

Significant incidents during the tenure: His tenure in Pondicherry witnessed the conduct of Panchayat and Municipal Elections after a span of 38 long years. The elections to the 12th Legislative Assembly of Pondicherry was also held during his tenure in a free & fair manner without any incident.

The accolades: His dedicated commitment to the cause of the welfare of people, his disciplined approach to work & governance and his proactive style of functioning has won him much accolades from Pondicherry as well as Andaman & Nicober Islands.

As Governor of Mizoram: Took over as Governor of Mizoram from 25th July 2006. On assuming the appointment visited all District Headquarters to familiarize himself with the problems of the people on ground.




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