Renowned Bengali actor Ranjit Mallick has been appointed as the new sheriff of Kolkata.
The announcement was made by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday .
Ranjit Mallick, the 69-year-old who debuted in Mrinal Sen's 1970 film 'Interview', was awarded the Banga Bibhushan in 2012. Mallick takes over from noted physician Swapan Kumar Ghosh.
In order of precedence, the sheriff ranks below mayor. A sheriff's tenure is of one year and starts on January one.
'I am very, very happy. But I am yet to know about my responsibilities. I will definitely find out later,' said Mr Mallick.
The Sheriff, a legacy of the British Raj, is an apolitical titular position of authority bestowed for one year on a prominent citizen of the city. The sheriff has an office and staff but does not have any executive powers.
Mumbai and Kolkata are the only Indian cities to maintain this post. The Sheriff presides over various city-related functions and conferences and is in-charge of receiving foreign guests on behalf of the government. UNI BM AKM RD RSA VC1748
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