Outgoing Maharashtra Governor S C Jamir on Thursday hailed the state government for its mature leadership and healthy democratic traditions.

Mr. Jamir was given an official farewell by the state government at a function at the Sahyadri guest house in south Mumbai.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan thanked Mr. Jamir for his initiatives for development of backward regions in the state and for his role in reforming the field of higher education.

Mr. Jamir said his tenure in Maharashtra was fruitful and rewarding.

“During my stay of one-and-a-half years, there was no constitutional crisis in the state,” he said. Mr. Jamir praised the state for its mature leadership and healthy democratic traditions.

He said there are few under-developed pockets in Maharashtra and the government should appoint the best officers to serve in these areas.

Mantralaya should be proactive in addressing developmental issues and should ensure faster development in districts like Gadchiroli to tackle the problem of Naxalism, he said.

Maharashtra has some of the best educational institutions in the country and every effort should be made to make them world-class centres of learning, Mr. Jamir said.

The Chief Minister presented a shawl and a memento to the Governor on the occasion.

Minister for Protocol Suresh Shetty, Speaker of Legislative Assembly Dilip Walse-Patil, Chairman of Legislative Council Shivajirao Deshmukh, and senior ministers Patangrao Kadam and Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar were among those present on the occasion.

K Sankaranarayanan will take oath as the Governor of Maharashtra at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday.

The swearing-in of Mr. Sankaranarayanan will take place at 10 am at the Durbar Hall where Acting Chief Justice of Bombay High Court J N Patel will administer the oath of office to him.