Chief Secretary Lalhuma demits office

Kohima, April 30 (DIPR): Chief Secretary, Nagaland, Lalhuma, IAS demitted office today, on superannuation after an illustrious career of 35 years in the premier service of the country- the Indian Administrative Service. Allotted the Nagaland Cadre after appointment to the service, Lalhuma had served the State and the people in different districts as a young administrator and in several capacities and departments as a bureaucrat before being elevated to the top post of Chief Secretary in which capacity he served for little over three years.

Lalhuma formally handed over charge of the office of Chief Secretary Nagaland to Lalthara, IAS at the Chief Secretary’s Conference Hall this afternoon in the presence of other senior bureaucrats and Heads of Departments.

Talking to the officials present, the outgoing Chief Secretary said that his stay in Nagaland for the better part of his life has been happy, comfortable and free from major problems. He said that whatever has been achieved and problems had been solved was because of the back up support and cooperation from all the officials concerned. He expressed optimism that that there are good days ahead for Nagaland and that he is confident that things will move smoothly with the new Chief Secretary, Lalthara.

The new incumbent, Lalthara, IAS taking over the office of the Chief Secretary said that it is not easy to follow in the footsteps of a great man but he is encouraged to take over the top post in the bureaucracy as Nagaland today has a very good team of senior officers.

Earlier in the day, the outgoing Chief Secretary was accorded a warm and touching farewell by the officers and staff of the Civil Secretariat in conjunction with all the Heads of Departments, Deputy Commissioners of the districts and various service associations at the Secretariat Plaza, Kohima.

Addressing the gathering at the farewell programme in his honour, the outgoing Chief Secretary thanked them for the honour bestowed on him saying that he would always cherish the memories of his service and stay in Nagaland, and the hospitality of Naga people. He said that Nagas are the most hospitable people in the country. He further called on the people to preserve their cultural and traditional affiliations and to utilise them for the unity and progress of the State.

The programme chaired by the Chief Secretary designate, Lalthara, IAS was well attended by officers and staff of the Secretariat, Heads of Departments, representatives of various service associations and several district Deputy Commissioners and also the lady wife of the outgoing Chief Secretary.