Narain, one of the last surviving ICS officers, dead
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 13:20
  
New Delhi: Govind Narain, one of the last surviving ICS officers and who was the Home Secretary during Bangladesh war, passed away in the capital, his family said Wednesday.

Narain, 95, a Padma Vibhushan awardee, breath his last at his residence in Chattarpur in South Delhi last night due to old age.

He had refused to be admitted in a hospital and died peacefully at home, his family said.

Born on May 5, 1916, Oxford-educated Narain joined the ICS in 1939 and went on to become country's Home and Defence Secretaries later.

Narain, who worked under Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi, was the Home Secretary from 1971 to 1973 and was one of the top officers instrumental in planning the Bangladesh war and setting up of Mukti Bahini.

In 1973, he was moved to the Defence Ministry as the Defence Secretary from where he retired two years later.

He was appointed the Karnataka governor in 1977 and was in the Raj Bhavan till 1983.

Narain is also credited for the setting up of the defence establishment and a tie up with Russia in this regard. In 1968, he was appointed Secretary, Defence Production.

In the early days of his carrier, Nehru had sent him to Nepal as an adviser to the King of Nepal.

He survived by his two daughters. One of his sons-in-law Yogesh Chandra retired as a senior civil servant in the rank of cabinet secretary to the government of India while his grand son Vikram Chandra is a well known TV journalist.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 13:20


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