Chhattisgarh Governor

The Governor of Chhattisgarh is appointed by the President of India. He or she governs the state for a period of five years.

Governor of Chhattisgarh

Present Chhattisgarh Governor

Anandiben Patel took an oath as the Governor of Chhattisgarh state in Raipur on 15th August, 2018. She is currently holding additional charge after the demise of the previous governor of Chattisgarh, Balram Das Tandon. Apart from becoming the governor of Chhattisgarh, she is also serving as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh since January 2018.

Name of the spouse of Anandiben Patel

The name of Anandiben Patel's husband is Mafatlal Patel.

Educational Qualification of Anandiben Patel

Anandiben Patel accomplished her bachelor's degree in science from M. G. Panchal Science College in 1960. After marriage, she shifted to Ahmedabad with her husband where she completed her masters degree in science. In an effort to financially support her huge family, she registered herself for a bachelor of education program. She even pursued a masters degree in education program and won a gold medal for it.

Political career of Anandiben Patel

Her entry into politics was not by choice but by persuasion. She came to the limelight when she received a president's bravery awards for saving two girls from drowning in a water reservoir while on a school picnic. This brave act of hers impressed the BJP top cadre and suggested her to join the party. At first, she was unwilling to join the party but later on, joined BJP as the President of Gujarat Pradesh Mahila Morcha in 1987 after being convinced by Narendra Modi and Keshubai Patel.

In 1994, she was elected as an MP in Rajya Sabha from Gujarat. During her service as an MP, she took part in the 4th World Women's Conference held at Beijing (China) in 1994-95 and also went to Bulgaria along with BJP leader, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and Lok Sabha Speaker, P.A. Sangma. She took leave from Rajya Sabha in 1998.

She won the first assembly elections from the Mandal constituency and became the cabinet education minister. During the first year, she started a redressel program "Lokdarbar" which dealt with issues relating to the schools and education system. The Gujarat government launched "Shala Praveshotsav" program under her leadership to increase students enrollment in schools. She continued being an education minister during her second term after she won the 2002 assembly elections. After winning the 2007 assembly elections, she was designated to the Department of Roads & Building and Revenue Department.

A number of highly impactful projects were carried out during her reigning period like the construction of 174 dams in Gujarat; linking of the Patan with the Narmada canal for farmers' welfare; construction of an engineering and medical college; construction of one of the largest water filtration plants in Patan to provide clean drinking water to people; construction of road networks and underground drainage systems.

She won the 2012 elections from the Ghatlodiya constituency with more than 1,75,000 votes. She continued to serve as the cabinet minister of Road and Building, Revenue, Urban development and Urban Housing, Disaster Management and Capital Projects.

Anandiben Patel became the chief minister of Gujarat on 22 May 2014, when Narendra Modia became the Indian Prime Minister after triumphing in the 2014 general elections. She resigned from the post on 4 August 2016 but continued to hold office until 7 August 2016 till Vijay Rupani joined in as Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Awards and Honors conferred to Anandiben Patel

  • She won a Gallantry Award for her bravery in saving two girls from drowning at Navagam reservoir in Narmada.
  • Winner of Charumati Yoddha Award (Jyotisangh) in Ahmedabad.
  • Winner of Ambubhai Purani Vyayam Vidyalay Award (Rajpipala)
  • She won Governor's Award for the best teacher in Gujarat (1988)
  • She received 'Sardar Patel' Award by Patel Jagruti Mandal in Mumbai (1999)
  • Winner of President's Award for the best teacher (1989)
  • Received 'Vidya Gaurav' Award by Shri Tapodhan Brahman Vikas Mandal (2000)
  • A special honour was bestowed on her by Dharati Vikas Mandal for Women's Upliftment Campaign.
  • She also won a 'Patidar Shiromani' Award by the Patel community (2005)
  • Winner of 'Veerbala' award for ranking first in Mahesana District school sports event.

List of Governors of Chhattisgarh

Sl. NoName of GovernorsFromTo
1D. N. SahayNov 1, 00Jun 1, 03
2Krishna Mohan SethJun 2, 03Jan 25, 07
3E. S. L. NarasimhanJan 25, 07Jan 23, 10
4Shekhar DuttJan 23, 10Jun 19, 14
5Ram Naresh Yadav(Acting)Jun 19, 14Jul 14, 14
6Balram Das TandonJul 18, 14Aug 14, 18
7Anandiben Patel Aug 15, 18Present

Last Updated on: August 18, 2018