Outgoing Chief Secretary of Nagaland Lalhuma was accorded a warm farewell at various programmes Thursday in his honour led by state chief minister Neiphiu Rio who preferred to call it as a celebration of victory instead of a sad occasion, as Lalhuma had ably served a difficult area like Nagaland for the past 35 years.
Rio was speaking at a dinner hosted by him and his wife in honour of Lalhuma attended by legislators and their families at the chief minister’s residence Thursday night.
Rio said while a number of IAS, IPS and other central service officers posted to Nagaland came and went out, yet Lalhuma remained with the people of Nagaland through difficulties to nurture the state on behalf of all his colleagues, officials and people of Nagaland.
Rio said he was looking forward to working again with Lalhuma in any platform or forum while speaking on the potential of the former chief secretary to serve the nation, particularly people of Nagaland.
Responding to the felicitations, Lalhuma expressed gratitude to the chief minister and the legislators for their guidance and support including all bureaucrats and officers of the state.
He lauded the chief minister as a man who has concern for the youth, farmers and the general public that reflected his visionary qualities and generousity.
Lalhuma said he was also yet to come across a chief minister who was always mobile, traveling to all parts of the state which showed his genuine concern for the people.
He said an aspect that he genuinely appreciated was the renowned Naga hospitality and generousity and their attachment to their village and culture.
Lalhuma said he would always cherish the years in Nagaland especially his association with chief minister Neiphiu Rio and his wife including all legislators.
The evening wore on with music presentations by various artistes.
Earlier at a farewell programme organized at the Secretariat Plaza before he formally handed over the chair to his successor, Lalhuma said apart from his 35 years of service in the state, Lalhuma revealed he had been to Nagaland much before he joined service. While recalling his childhood days in Nagaland as the son of an army officer posted at Aghunato during 1951-52, Lalhuma went on to state “Nagaland is my second home”.
He paid rich tributes to the Nagas for their loyalty and association to their native village.
He cited the example of chief minister Neiphiu Rio who he said,whenever asked where he came from, the chief minister would answer “Touphema .
, He also cited the qualities among Nagas towards preservation of tradition and culture, confidence to speak out, fast adaptation to new things and the practice of shouldering responsibilities of less privilege families.
He also said various innovative projects and systems such as the VDB, Communitization, NEPED, Bamboo Mission, Honey Mission and Horticulture Mission could be successfully implement in the state because of quality of the Nagas to adapt fast to new and innovative things.
Lalhuma also termed the Nagas as “the best organizers of events” and cited various examples of successful conducts of mega events in the state such as the Agri-Expo, Hornbill festival, University Convocation, Prime Minister and President’s visit to the state earlier.
On the prevailing scenario of the different civil services in the state, the outgoing chief secretary lauded the absence of service rivalry that was common in any other states.
Speakers at the function included K.K. Sema of the IAS association; DIGP Singsit, IPS association; CCF Sashidaran, IFS association; Secretary NSWC, Lithrongla Chishi, NCS association; Lungalang, NSS association; director industries, Er. Keppen, HoDs association; DC Dimapur Maongwati representing DCs while the secretariat grade IV staff association representative showered accolades and praises on the outgoing chief secretary.