The newly appointed Governor of Uttarakhand, Baby Rani Maurya, took oath of office at Raj Bhawan in Dehradun on Sunday evening. Uttarakhand Chief Justice Rajeev Sharma administered the oath of office to the new Governor.

After taking oath, Governor Maurya inspected the guard of honour presented to her by the 21st Battalion of Madras Regiment of the Indian Army.

The oath taking was conducted by Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh. He read out the notification issued by the President of India appointing Baby Rani Maurya as the Governor of Uttarakhand.

After the oath-taking, the Governor informally interacted with the media and said her priority would be to work for the all-round development of the hill state.

She said it was a matter of pride for her that she had been given the opportunity to serve Uttarakhand as its Governor.  Maurya said there was a popular elected government in the state. It would be her effort to support the government while fulfilling her constitutional duties.

She said women empowerment, girls’ education and the cleanliness mission would be strengthened, and improvement in the standard of higher education and research encouraged.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, senior officials and many other eminent personalities were present on the occasion.

Earlier, cabinet minister Madan Kaushik, Garhwal Commissioner S Bagoli and DIG Ajay Rautela welcomed Maurya at the Jolly Grant Airport . Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh, DGP Anil Raturi and SSP Nivedita Kukreti were also present.