Governor, Assam Profile

SHRI BANWARILAL PUROHIT is an important public personality inseparably involved in social, political, educational, and industrial fields of Vidarbha. He took oath as Governor of Assam on 22nd August 2016. He has contributed significantly in these fields with his hard work, devotion, and ideas. 


Even as a student in Nagpur's G S College of Commerce and Economics, studying for a Commerce Degree of Nagpur University, Shri Purohit had an urge to contribute to public affairs and he took a plunge into active politics in 1977. 


Shri Purohit won election to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 1978 from Nagpur East Assembly Constituency with a handsome margin. That was a new opportunity for Mr. Purohit to represent his constituency as well as his region of Vidarbha ably in the State Legislature. Shri Purohit got re-elected to the State Legislature in 1980 from Nagpur South Assembly Constituency. His work attracted everybody's attention and earned him a berth in the State Ministry in 1982, when he served as a Minister of State for Urban Development, Slum Improvement and Housing. 


In 1984 and 1989, Mr. Purohit got nominated to contest elections to the Lok Sabha from Nagpur-Kamptee Lok Sabha Constituency and won handsdown.


As a Member of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Defence Ministry, Mr. Purohit contributed significantly to the thought-process on national Defence and Security. In 1996, Mr. Purohit again successfully contested the Lok Sabha election from Nagpur-Kamptee Parliamentary constituency and won with a handsome majority.  In his capacity as a Member of Parliament, Mr. Purohit served as a member of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Home Affairs, Member of Standing Committee on Defence, and Member of Public Sector Undertaking Committee and made significant contributions.  Politics, however, is only one part of Mr. Purohit's public life. One of the most important contributions of Mr. Purohit is revival of ‘The Hitavada', an English daily founded by Gopal Krishna Gokhale, the mentor of Mahatma Gandhi. It was because of Mr. Purohit's leadership that ‘The Hitavada' has become a leading newspaper of Central India, whose voice is heard across the country.


Mr. Purohit has been associated with many social, charitable, religious, and sports organisations. He is National Trustee and Executive Member of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chairman of the Nagpur Kendra of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chairman of Shri Ramdeobaba Smarak Samiti, which runs Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (RCOEM). Mr. Purohit is Chairman of Subhash Mandal, one of the leading sports organisations of this region. He is also associated with the premier educational institution -- The Women's Education Society, which runs Lady Amritbai Daga College for Women of Arts, Commerce and Science and Smt. Ratnidevi Purohit College of Home Science and Home Science Technology, and Women's Technical Education and Research Smt. Ratnidevi Purohit Institute. Mr. Purohit is also Trustee of Jagruteshwar Mandir, Nagpur and President of Vidarbha Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Nagpur.