Nagaland Social Welfare Dept confers ‘Distinguished Senior Citizens Awards’

State Level Awardees with Chief Secretary J Alam on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons 2023. (Morung Photo)

State Level Awardees with Chief Secretary J Alam on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons 2023. (Morung Photo)

Our Correspondent
Kohima | October 1

The Department of Social Welfare Nagaland today conferred ‘Distinguished Senior Citizens Awards’ to four senior citizens (two state and two district level) on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons 2023 in Kohima in recognition of their invaluable contributions to the society.

Nagaland Chief Secretary J Alam handed over the award to state level awardees-Dr Hokishe Yeputhomi and SP Ellen Konyak, which carried Rs 20,000 each along with citation.

The award for district (Kohima) level was handed over by social welfare department secretary Martha R Ritse. The recipients Nosato Zao and Khrieliehu-u Pfukha received Rs 10,000 each along with citation. The award presentation session was led by Nagaland Social Welfare, Director Tosheli Zhimomi.

District Level Awardees with Nagaland Social Welfare Secretary Martha R Ritse on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons 2023 in Kohima on October 1. (Morung Photo)


Dr Hokishe Yeputhomi

Dr Hokishe Yeputhomi was born on December 18, 1934. He is the second son of late Hetoi Yeputhomi (Recipient of British Empire Medal BEM and the Chief of Sukhalu village). 

He was the pioneer of the URF (United Revival Fellowship), served as its first Chairman from 1980-1990.

He served as the chairman of Sumi Baptist Akukuhou Kughakulu (SBAK) from 1993 to 2003. He served as Sumi Hoho president from 1997 to 2001, convenor of Sumi Migration Research Committee and advisor Nagaland Tribal Council.

He has also published many books, one of which is titled ‘Crossroad,’ his most recent work which is a documental book comprising of important Naga historical events and agreements. He is an educationist, a reformer and always strives to educate the young people of tomorrow.

At the age of 88, he is still serving as the principal of Highland School, Satakha.

SP Ellen Konyak

SP Ellen Konyak was born on October 31, 1947. She has many achievements under her belt, notably, the first matriculate among Wakching and Konyak women in 1966.

The first Theology Graduate among Konyak. She was appointed as CDPO under the department of Social Welfare in 1984, becoming the first lady officer among Konyak community. She is the founder/pioneer in formation of KNSK (Konyak Nyu Poh Shiko Khong) and worked as advisor for 25 years.

In 2011, she received Dogma and Certificate from KNSK for her distinguished services rendered as pioneer, founding member and advisor. She received the Governor Award as well as International Women of the year award in 2000. She is a recipient of District Level Senior Citizen Award Mon, 2009. She was also commissioned as Missionary to the Konyak people by the CBCNEI in 1978.

She has contributed extensively for the Welfare of the Konyak community and the Nagas in general both spiritually and socially. She was a member of Nagaland State Commission for Women for 6 yrs (2007-2012). She was pioneer in formation of Eastern Nagaland Women Unit Kohima & Eastern Nagaland Women Organisation.

In 2014, she worked as Evangelist in International Fellowship Nagaland and 1st lady Pastress among Konyak Naga Women. She was the founder of Goshen Missionary Project at Sivasagar district, Assam.


Nosato Zao

Nosato Zao (72 years), son of late N Zao was born on May 6, 1951. He received his early education at Baptist English School Kohima from the year 1960 - 1965 and is a resident of Midland colony, Kohima.

Zao has given his yeoman service to the society in various capacities, president Midland Youth Club, Kohima from 1979-1986, member of the Kohima Town Committee from 1996-2003. It was during his tenure, 5 Anganwadi Centres under the Social Welfare Department was set up for the uplitfment of women and children. He served as Secretary (Properties) Angami Public Organization 2011-2014, Chairman, Ward Education Committee, Midland from 2011-2015.

During his tenure, the Government Primary School was upgraded to Government Middle School. Further, 4 classroom with toilets were constructed for the benefit of the school children by the Committee.

Till date, Zao renders his voluntary service to the society wherever the need arises.

Khrieliehuu Pfukha

Khrieliehuu Pfukha (82 years) was born on March 2, 1941.

Her educational qualification is Class 9 passed. By profession, she served as a Government Primary teacher at Rusoma village with utmost dedication from the year 1967-1998. She was chairperson of the Christian Revival Church Rusoma Women Association from 1997-1999, chairperson Rusoma Women Society from 2002-2004, advisor NPF Women Wing from 2008-2010, vice chairperson Northern Angami Christian Revival Woman Association from 2010-2015, Deaconess Rusoma Christian Revival Church from 2000 till date.

Khrieliehuu also a keen writer and has authored two books. In 2015, she wrote ‘Runau Dze Pu’ Pie Ketuo Dieko (The Prophecies about the village) and she is currently writing a book on ‘Rusoma Runa nu Christian’ Chii Kerietho Ko Dze (The Story of the first Christian in Rusoma).