New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
leaders from across the political spectrum on Wednesday condoled the
demise of former governor P C Alexander hailing him as an
"outstanding" civil servant and administrator.
"Alexander was one of our most outstanding civil servants.
To each of the numerous public positions he held, he brought
not only his fierce commitment to the public good but also a
quiet grace and dignity," Singh said in a message here.
"It was a tribute to his extraordinary abilities that his
advice was sought by successive Prime Minister," he said
recalling the contribution of 90-year-old Alexander who
breathed his last in Chennai.
Singh said it was indeed rare to come across a public
servant with the qualities of the head and heart that
Alexander possessed. "I offer my condolences to the family
members and friends of Alexander in this hour of grief."
Alexander was the principal secretary to Prime Minister
Indira Gandhi and briefly advised Rajiv Gandhi.
Expressing his condolence to the bereaved family, BJP
chief Nitin Gandakri said Alexander will always be remembered
as an an "able administrator" by the people of Maharashtra,
where he served as the Governor from 1993 to 2002.
"I express my profound grief and sorrow on the demise of P
C Alexander, a veteran bureaucrat and a former governor of
Maharashtra," he said.
In her message, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa
said the nation had lost one of its excellent administrators.
She said Alexander had excelled himself as the Principal
Secretary to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Indian envoy
to United Kingdom, besides the governor of Tamil Nadu
(1988-1990) and Maharashtra.
He served as Governor of Tamil Nadu from 1988 to 1990.