Lalthara assumes Chief Secretary’s office

Our Correspondent
Kohima | April 30

Lalthara, IAS, today assumed charge as Nagaland state’s new chief secretary. He succeeded Lalhuma, IAS (Retd.) who retired after 35 years of service. Handing over office to Lalthara, outgoing chief secretary Lalhuma thanked the officers for extending their support and guidance during his stint. He hoped that a similar spirit would be given to the new chief secretary for the welfare and progress of the state.

Lalhuma said all achievement and good work brought to the state, was because of the cooperation and support extended by dedicated and capable officers. “Keep up the work,” he urged the officers and asked them to continue to maintain  the spirit of teamwork.

Chief Secretary Lalthara in his brief speech at the handing-and-taking-over ceremony held here this evening at the Nagaland Secretariat, sought cooperation and support from all officers. Appreciating team work and capable officers, the new chief secretary also asserted that the working atmosphere will always find favorable place so long as the said qualities prevail.

Earlier, speaking at the farewell programme organized here at the Secretariat Plaza, the outgoing chief secretary appreciated the quality of “generosity and hospitality” of the Naga  people. He has never seen such a type of quality elsewhere in the country, Lalhuma said, of the people had served for long.

Impressed by the way Nagas show and practice their concern for others Lalhuma said their service was commendable. He was also hopeful that one day the Naga issue would be resolved. He hoped that one day Nagaland would become one of the most progressive and prosperous of states in the country. Lalhuma complimented the people for their innovative ideas and initiatives like the communitization and Village Development Board (VDB) as well as the introduction of Bamboo Mission, Horticulture Mission, Honey Mission and NEPED that have proved a success story.

Referring to the formation of the Civil Services Club, Lalhuma also encouraged the officers to join the club ‘by paying membership of Rs. 10,000’. 

He had laid the foundation stone for the construction of the club building, it would bring the officers closer and interact with one another when it is completed, he said. 

Admiring the much-hyped Hornbill Festival of Nagaland showcasing the rich culture and tradition of Nagas, he encouraged the people to feel proud of their rich culture. On the lighter side, Lalhuma said he would be compelled to hire a truck to carry home the gifts he received from various departments and associations.

Representatives from various association likes IAS, IPS, IFS, NCS, NSS, Grade IV staff also spoke at the occasion and acknowledged the outgoing chief secretary for his enormous contribution and service rendered to the people of Nagaland. Lalhuma is wished happiness, a fruitful life and peaceful retirement by the people.