Hon'ble Governor of Meghalaya
Shri Satya Pal Malik.
About The Hon’ble Governor:
Honourable Governor Shri Satya Pal Malik (born 24 July 1946) was appointed Governor of Meghalaya by Honble President Shri Ram Nath Kovind on 18th August, 2020 and assumed office as 21st Governor of the state on 19th August, 2020 . Shri Malik has been a former Union Minister, Parliamentarian and politician serving in many capacities in his long career both at the state and Central Government.
He was the 18th Governor of Goa from 3rd November 2019 to August , 2020 .Shri Malik was also the last Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. He was the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir from August 2018 to October 2019, and it was during his tenure that the constitutional decision to abrogate Article 370, which gave special status to J&K, was taken on 5 August 2019.
His first prominent stint as a politician was as a member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly during 1974–77. He represented Uttar Pradesh in Rajya Sabha from 1980–86 and 1986–89. He was member of the 9th Lok Sabha from Aligarh, from 1989 to 1991, as member of Janata Dal.He was Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism in the year 1990 .He was the Governor of Bihar from October 2017 to August 2018. On 21 March 2018 he was also given additional charge to serve as Governor of Odisha up to 28 May 2018. In August 2018, he was appointed Governor to the crucial state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Some of the notable highlights of the illustrious career of Shri Satya Pal Malik are as follows :-
Elected first as member of Legislative Assembly in UP , Shri Satya Pal Malik was also elected as Member of Parliament in LokSabha and MP in Rajya Sabha.
He resigned from Rajya Sabha protesting against Bofors issue .
As Governor of Bihar Shri Satya Pal Malik was instrumental in taking initiatives to weed out corruption in B.Ed colleges which was rooted out by hosting of a successful common entrance examination .He also played a key role in the facilitation of student's union elections conducted successfully after 35 years.
Bihar Universities were suffering from huge back log of examinations and motivated by Shri Malik - in one year the academic calendar and schedule were all streamlined .Due to his guidance and directions biometric attendance for professors & Post Graduate students was also made possible. Under his leadership girls common room and ladies toilets were made mandatory for all colleges.
Among other prominent achievements were the fact that more than one dozen retired colonels and above ranked army officers were appointed Registrars in Universities paving the way for corruption- free atmosphere .
The achievements of Shri Satya Pal Malik as Governor of Jammu and Kashmir were nothing short of spectacular .
In his brief but memorable stint there several heart warming initiatives like opening up of Raj Bhavan for everyone to reach Governor with their grievances and a special grievance cell of Hon'ble Governor which was active 24×7.
In the field of education it was a golden era of sorts because as many as 42 new colleges were opened during the tenure of Satya Pal Malik as Hon'ble Governor of Jammu and Kashmir , 282 high schools were upgraded and 1 new university was opened in Ladakh.
In the political sphere Panchayat elections were peacefully conducted after 17 long years which was a scintillating achievement for the state. The greatest and most memorable and by far the most far reaching accomplishment for Shri Satya Pal Malik was the peaceful abrogation of Article 35A & 370 in Jammu and Kashmir- without bloodshed and without harm to life and property. It would long be remembered as one of the most historic events of our present times . Under the tutelage of Shri Satya Pal Malik it was achieved admirably with his quiet confidence, empathy, patience and caring leadership.