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Former Dy. CM Chiten Jamir passes away

Late R.C. Chiten Jamir
Published on 21 Mar. 2011 12:42 AM IST
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Former deputy chief minister Nagaland and veteran Naga politician , R.C. Chiten Jamir passed away on Sunday evening, 4 p.m. atApollo Hospital, Kolkata after a brief illness. He was 85, and is survived by two daughters and three sons. The body of late Chiten will be flown to Jorhat and later brought to Dimapur by road Monday. The funeral service of late R.C. Chiten Jamir will be held on March 22, 1.30 p.m. at DDSC Stadium, Dimapur.
Born on February 28, 1926 at Mongsenyimti village, R.C. Chiten Jamir of Akhoya village did his early education at Impur Mokokchung, and graduated from Cotton College Gauhati after which he did LLB at Allahabad University. Late Chiten held positions such as the president of Naga Students Union; Ao Students’ Conference general secretary; SCM Allahabad University general secretary; executive member World University Service; member of Naga Delegation 1957; Naga Peoples’ Convention, working committee member; member Naga Peoples’ Negotiating Body, 1986; member Interim Body from Ao Tribe; Executive Councillor 1961-63; member of Naga People’s Convention 1961-63; elected to Nagaland Assembly from Arkakong constituency-1964 as candidate of the Naga Nationalist Organization (NNO) and served as minister for Agriculture, Industries & Commerce, Forest & Animal Husbandary, Education, Finance and Revenue from 1964 to1974; chairman Nagaland Pulp and Paper Mill Company; represented India at World Trade Fair 1971 ; general secretary Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) 1976-1979; NPCC (I) President 1980 -1987; member Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes; member Expert Committee on Science and Technology for Weaker Sections; member Science and Technology Advisory Committee for the North Eastern Region; elected to Nagaland Assembly 1987 on Congress ticket from Arkakong constituency and was appointed deputy chief minister.
Late Chiten was also a signatory of the 16-Point Agreement signed between the Naga People’s Convention (NPC) and the government of India under Pandit Nehru in 1960. It may be noted that late Chiten was a regular contributor to Nagaland Post with daily spiritual messages. He had an impressive handwriting and was clear and lucid in his exposition of biblical messages.
After late Chiten, the lone survivor of those who were signatories of the 16 Point Agreement in 1960 is Dr S.C. Jamir former governor of Goa and Maharashtra.

APUD condoles: Ao Pensioners’ Union Dimapur (APUD) has expressed grief over the demise of R.C. Chiten Jamir. Describing him as the “tallest politician and senior citizen, and an eminent scholar with deep commitment to secular values”, Union stated that late Chiten Jamir had been an asset of the state who lived in simplicity, standing for uprightness in public and civil societies. APUD stated that Nagaland has lost a man of great integrity in late his demise, and further conveyed its condolences to the bereaved family members.
C.M. Chang condoles: Also condoling the demise of former deputy chief minister R.C. Chiten, Lok Sabha MP, C.M. Chang said Nagaland has lost a personality whose absence would be felt and the void created by his absence difficult to fill. The MP stated that late Chiten had been a “very active man” even after his retirement from politics, adding that his writings in the local media have been a guiding influence in the present day political scenario of the state. Chang and his family prayed to the Almighty to give strength to the bereaved family to overcome the grief, and also for eternal rest of the departed soul.

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