Mukherjee condoles passing away of former Governor Rameshwar Thakur

President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the passing away of former Union Minister Rameshwar Thakur, who also served later as the Governor of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, who passed away yesterday at the age of 87.
In a condolence message to the veteran Congress leader's son Sushil Thakur, Mr Mukherjee described him as an able administrator who contributed to the nation's growth and welfare.
"He served the nation with distinction as a member of the Union Council of Ministers and Governor of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. The nation will always remember him for his valuable services and pursuit of excellence in public life. 
"In his death, I have lost a close friend whose memories I shall forever cherish," he added.
Born on July 28, 1927, Mr Thakur was a chartered accountant by profession and served as the president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India during 1966-67. He was also for long years associated with the All India Bharat Scouts & Guides as its national president.
Among other positions, he served as chairman of the Associated Journals Ltd, the publishers of National Herald, from 1987-91. A two-time member of the Rajya Sabha, he served as Union Minister of State for Finance (Revenue) and later for Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs in the P V Narasimha Rao government.
Later, he served as the Governor of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh between 2004 and 2011.

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