Former minister N. Theyo passes away

Former minister N. Theyo passes away
Late N. Theyo
KOHIMA, AUG 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/29/2019 11:52:33 AM IST

Former minister and chairman Nagaland Peace Centre (NPC) Netsutso Theyo (N. Theyo) passed away on Thursday at around 8:40 p.m. at Oking Hospital Kohima after a brief illness. 

Born in May 1937, late N.Theyo hailed from Thenyizu village of Phek district. He was 82 and leaves behind seven(7) children and 27 grand children.  His wife predeceased him in 2017.

Family sources informed that the send-off service will be held on August 30 at 10 a.m. at Chakhesang Baptist Church, Kitsubozou, Kohima after which the body will be buried at Thenyizu village.

Late N. Theyo was the first Christian from Thenyizumi village.  He was also a former minister and a member of the First Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

He was the vice president of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC-I) from 1983 to 1995, and its president from June 1995 to June 1997.  He was also a member of the All India Congress Committee (I) from 1983-93. Elected from Chozuba-II A/C. 

Late Theyo was appointed as deputy minister in-charge of electricity in May 1966.

He was inducted as minister for Transport and communication, community development, tribal development, blocks and town and country planning in 1972.

He successfully contested the elections form Chozuba-II constituency as a candidate of the Nationalist Party, which was later renamed as the Naga Nationalist Organisation (NNO). He  was appointed as Deputy Minister for PWD and Electricity in May 1966. He was also the youngest candidate in the 11 member, three-tier cabinet that was headed by the late T.N. Angami, who had taken charge after Mr. Shilu Ao, the first Chief Minister of Nagaland. 

He was elected again in the by-election of 1971 as a NNO candidate from   Chozuba II constituency , and was appointed Cabinet Minister for Transport & Communication, CD & TD Block and Town & Country Planning in the Ministry headed by Hokishe Sema. Late Theyo was also the general secretary of the ex-Parliamentarians Association of Nagaland, a life-member of the Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland Branch.  

Before entering into active politics, late Theyo also served under various capacities as president, Chakhesang Students’ Conference (now Chakhesang Students Union)- 1959-61, president Chakhesang Students’ Union Shillong 1961-62, assistant headmaster P.H.E. School, Phek 1962-63.


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