DHANGADHI: Newly appointed Governor of Sudurpaschim Province, Sharmila Kumari Panta assumed her office today, after taking the oath of office and secrecy from President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Tuesday.
The province ministers, lawmakers, security personnel, government employees among others extended welcome to the governor who had arrived in Dhangadhi on Wednesday evening.
While assuming the office Governor Panta vowed to work for the people and act accordingly.
Present on the occasion were Sudurpaschim Province Chief Minister Trilochan Bhatta, Provincial Minister for Internal Affairs and Law Prakash Shah, Minister for Financial Affairs and Planning Jhapat Bohora, Minister for Physical Infrastructure Pathan Singh Bohora, other ministers, Deputy Speaker, Chief Secretary among high ranking government officials of federal government and chief of security agencies.
Panta, a permanent resident of Chitwan district, is a conflict victim and has been in the forefront raising the concerns of conflict victims. Her husband Gyanendra Tripathi is among those disappeared during insurgency by security forces. He was last seen on 26 September 2003.
President Bhandari, on the recommendation of the government, had sacked the governors of all seven provinces on November 3 to appoint new governors.
The main opposition Nepali Congress had condemned the move. However, the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) asserted that the government acted as per the constitutional authority in sacking the governors.