‘Honourable’ is enough, says Governor Vidyasagar Rao

Toeing the protocol put in place by President Pranab Mukherjee, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on Sunday said only the word “Honourable” should be prefixed to his name and not “His Excellency.”
‘Honourable’ is enough, says Governor Vidyasagar Rao
Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao

Chennai

“Ch Vidyasagar Rao, the Governor of Tamil Nadu, has directed that henceforth on all ceremonial occasions and in official and other communications, the word Honourable Governor or its Tamil equivalent Maanbumigu Aalunar , may be used,” a Raj Bhavan release said here. 
In a departure from the British era practice of addressing Governors as ‘His Excellency’, Rao directed that “the present practice of using the salutation His Excellency the Governor, or the Tamil equivalent Methagu Aalunar , may be discontinued.” 
However, the salutation ‘His Excellency’ will continue to be used in interaction with foreign dignitaries, the release said. In 2012, President Pranab Mukherjee had introduced a new protocol for greeting Constitutional heads, the President and state Governors. 
Preceding the name of the dignitaries would be the Indian greeting ‘Shri’ or ‘Smt’ The reference ‘His Excellency’ was, however, retained for occasions involving interactions with foreign dignitaries in line with international practice. After taking over as Governor of Kerala in 2014, former Chief Justice of India, P Sathasivam too had dispensed with the practice of using the words ‘His Excellency’. 
Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, assumed additional charge of the State on September 2 after K Rosaiah’s tenure as Tamil Nadu Governor ended.

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