Former Nagaland chief secretary P. Talitemjen Ao passed away early Thursday morning after a brief illness at a private hospital in Kohima. He was 78 and leaves behind his wife, two sons and one daughter.
According to family sources, the funeral will be held on July 29 at 9 a.m. at the Heritage (Old DC Bungalow), Kohima after which the body will be taken to Akhoya village and laid to rest.
Gov, CM, others condole
Nagaland governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi and chief minister Neiphiu Rio led in expressing condolences to the wife of late Talitemjen along with various leaders.
Nagaland Governor Prof. Mukhi said that the passing away of Talitemjen was an irreparable loss to the people of the State.
Prof. Mukhi recalled that relentless and selfless services towards the people of Nagaland by late Talitemjen during his career would be remembered for many years to come. The governor, on behalf of the people of Nagaland, conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members in this hour of bereavement.
CM: State chief minister Neiphiu Rio also expressed shock and pain to hear about the passing away of P Talitemjen Ao.
Rio said late Talitemjen was a God fearing, conscientious, upright and dedicated officer, who left his imprint of hard work, honesty and integrity in all his assignments and postings. “He was a true gentleman, who was always calm and collected even in the most difficult of situations, and was a role model to many within and outside the Government,” Rio said.
Recalling his long and fruitful association spread over several decades, Rio said it was a pleasure to work with late Talitemjen who was a man of principle and a noble soul.
His death is a great loss for the people of Nagaland in general, and the Ao community in particular, Rio added.
He said late Talitemjen held important posts throughout his career, and during the most critical times he stood steady and firm like a steel frame providing the strength to the government. Rio described him as an officer with a high degree of professionalism, punctuality and sense of duty.
After being appointed as the state’s first Chief Information Commissioner, Rio said late Talitemjen was responsible of setting up the office of the State’s Information Commission from scratch. Rio along with his family conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the soul to rest in peace.
Speaker: NLA Speaker Sharingain Longkumer expressed sadness to hear about the demise of P. Talitemjen Ao.
Describing him as a man of vision, hardworking and an upright officer, Sharingain said he not only contributed immensely to the State and its administration throughout his service career, but was also a devout Christian who rendered his selfless service for the Kohima Ao Baptist Arogo.
In his death, the State of Nagaland has lost an outstanding officer and in particular to the Ao community, he added.
“Today, as we mourn the passing of a great son who has left behind a powerful legacy of honesty and diligence, his contributions to the State would be remembered for the times to come,” Sharingain said.
The speaker on behalf of all members of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, conveyed heartfelt condolences to the family members and prayed that Almighty God grant solace and comfort, at this hour of sorrow and for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace.
Dy. CM: Mourning the demise of P Talitemjen Ao, the state deputy chief minister Y Patton said that late Ao was one among the finest breed of bureaucrats Nagaland has produced. “He was an efficient and honest officer,” Patton said in a condolence message and conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family.
IASAN: IAS Association Nagaland (IASAN) expressed deep grief over the demise of Talitemjen Ao, who it described as “a gentleman and an officer par excellence and a man of impeccable integrity”.
In a condolence message, IASAN president Sentiyanger Imchen said late Talitemjen epitomized what an administrative officer should be, and remained the pillar of strength giving the right and measured guidance and support to the political decision makers as well junior officers.
The association said late Talitemjen was always humble in his thoughts and dealings, adding that all officers who had worked with him will continue to cherish the memories with him forever.
In his passing way, IASAN said the entire service fraternity has lost a friend, philosopher and guide. The association conveyed its profound condolences to the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to give them strength in this hour of grief and grant eternal peace to the departed soul.
CANSSEA: The Confederation of All Nagaland State Services Employees Association (CANSSEA) has expressed deep grief over the sudden demise of former chief secretary Nagaland, P Talitemjen Ao.
The association stated that late Talitemjen was a sincere, dedicated, soft-spoken, and efficient administrator, adding that his demise has created a void that will be difficult to fill.
CANSSEA conveyed its deepest condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that God would give them strength and comfort in this sad hour.
NDPP: Expressing grief over the demise of P Talitemjen Ao, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) president Chingwang Konyak said he found late Ao to be one of the finest officers to have served the State.
In a condolence message, Chingwang Konyak hoped that his sincerity and dedication in serving would be emulated by all in the service of the people.
NDPP president, on behalf of the party rank and file, conveyed heartfelt condolences to the family members and prayed that the Almighty grant them comfort and solace at this hour of grief.
NPFLP: Naga People’s Front Legislature Party (NPFLP) leader, Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu, who is also UDA co-chairman, has expressed pain over the demise of P Talitemjen Ao and said that the demise of one of our tall leaders was a great loss for the people of Nagaland.
In a condolence message, Azo said late Talitemjen Ao was considered not only as a great administrator, but also an upright, humble dedicated and a great statesman.
NPL leader said that late Ao’s dedication for the welfare of the Naga people would always be remembered and cherished.
Azo also conveyed deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the family members and the near and dear ones of late Talitemjen.
Brief profile: Born on February 26, 1944, late Talitemjen did his early education from Chuchuyimlang Govt. M.E. School. He graduated from St. Edmund’s College Shillong and completed his MA (English) from Guwahati University.
He was selected as Extra Assistant Commissioner, through Nagaland Public Service Commission in 1972 and later joined the Indian Administrative Service– Nagaland cadre after clearing the Union Public Service Commission exam in 1973.
After having served the state government in various capacities for over three decades, he went on to become the chief secretary in July 2044 till February 2006.
After his retirement, he was appointed as the first Chief Information Commissioner of Nagaland (March 2006 to February 2011).
From his early days, late Talitemjen was actively involved in various organizations. He was the editor of Ao Milen from Shillong in 1964, PresidentNaga Students’ Union, Shillong (1965-66), president Langpangkong Students’ Conference (1965-67), presidentNaga Students Union Guwahati (1968-69), president Ao Students’ Conference, 1969-71.
He was also the president of IAS Association, Nagaland till 2003. He was the president of Nagaland Rifle Association and Kohima Rifle Club, patron of Kohima Educational Society (KES) from 2007 till date, board member of Kohima Ao Baptist Arogo Mission and also a deacon of Kohima Ao Baptist Arogo.