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Former Home Secretary Anil Baijal to be Delhi Lt Governor (Relevant for GS Prelims, Mains Paper II)

Anil Baijal to be appointed next Delhi’s Governor:
Former IAS officer Anil Baijal is all set to be appointed as next Lieutenant Governor of Delhi as President Pranab Mukherjee gave his approval.
Mr.Baijal, a 1969 batch IAS officer of U.T cadre, served as Home Secretary under the AtalBihari Vajpayee government.

Selection Process of the Governor:
The Governor is not elected by the process of direct or indirect voting (like the Chief Minister, the Prime Minister or the President). The Governor of a particular state is appointed directly by the President of India, for a period of five years. The Governor must meet all the eligibility criteria enumerated above, to be appointed by the President.

Powers of Lt. Governor:
The Indian Constitution has bestowed similar powers and functions on the Governors and Lt. Governors as enjoyed by the President of India. In India, the rank of Lt. Governor is present in the Union Territories (UTs) of Delhi (which is a state too), Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry.



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