Kohima: Former Chief Secretary Nagaland, P. Talitemjen Ao, Retd IAS passed away this morning, the 28th July 2022 at Kohima. He was born on 26th February 1944 at Akhoya village in Mokokchung district, the eldest son of Lt. I. Pangersowa Jamir.
Late P. Talitemjen Ao did his primary and middle schooling from Chuchuyimlang Govt. M.E. School, Nagaland till 1957 and later went to St. Anthony’s High School, Shillong, Meghalaya, from 1958 to 1959. He then studied at Government High School, Mokokchung, 1960 – 1961 and passed his matriculation examination in 1962. Late Talitemjen went on to study at St. Edmund’s College, Shillong, Meghalaya, (1962 – 1967) and graduated in Bachelor of Arts. He completed his Master of Arts in English from Gauhati University, Assam, (1968 – 1970).
He cleared the Nagaland Public Service Commission civil service exam in 1972 and got into the Nagaland Civil Service as an Extra Assistant Commissioner. He was posted as Extra Assistant Commissioner, Mokokchung, from 1972 – 1973. He then cleared the Union Public Service Commission examination and joined the prestigious Indian Administrative Service in 1973 (Nagaland cadre).
He was posted as Assistant Commissioner, Tuensang, from June 1974 till December 1975 on probation and as the Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Zunheboto, from January 1976 till July 1977. Talitemjen served as Deputy Secretary, Home Department from July 1977 till June 1978 and later Joint Secretary, independent charge of Industries & Commerce department, in July 1978 till December 1978. He was transferred as Deputy Commissioner, Zunheboto district, in January 1979 and served till July 1980.
Condolence messages were shared online by top officials from Nagaland including the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.
Heartfelt condolences to the family of Shri P. Talitemjen Ao, IAS (Retd), former Chief Secretary of Nagaland and the first Chief Information Commissioner of Nagaland. May the departed soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/jWv9gxeurE
— Neiphiu Rio (@Neiphiu_Rio) July 28, 2022
Deputy Chief Minister Yanthungo Patton also mourned the passing of the former Chief Secretary
Deeply saddened by the news of former Chief Secretary of Nagaland Shri P. Talitemjen Ao’s demise. His contributions & commitment towards the people throughout his illustrious life will continue to inspire others. My condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace! pic.twitter.com/qMMFmoMI3z
— Yanthungo Patton (@YanthungoPatton) July 28, 2022
Minister of Higher Education & Tribal Affairs and BJP Nagaland State President Temjen Imna Along also shared his condolences on twitter and reflects on Late Talitemjen’s “commitment to the welfare of the Naga Society”.
Deeply anguished to learn about the demise of former Chief Secretary, GoN, Shri P. Talitemjen Ao. His commitment to the welfare of the Naga Society & his contribution to that cause will always be remembered. My sympathies go out to the grieving family. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/UxYPnmEmZC
— Temjen Imna Along (@AlongImna) July 28, 2022
Late Talitemjen served in various categories in a number of Departments in the State including Home Commissioner, Nagaland and Commissioner, Nagaland. He was the Chief Secretary of Nagaland from July 2004 till his retirement from service in February 2006. He was appointed as the first Chief Information Commissioner, Nagaland Information Commission, in March 2006 and served till February 2011.
He also served as Editor “Ao Milen” from Shillong in 1964. As a social leader, he served in various capacities such as President, Naga Students’ Union, Shillong, 1965 – 1966; President, Langpangkong Students’ Conference (LKM), 1965-1967; President, Naga Students Union, Guwahati, 1968 -1969; President, Ao Students’ Conference (AKM), 1969 – 1971; President, IAS Association, Nagaland till 2003 and President, Nagaland Rifle Association and Kohima Rifle Club till 2012.
Late P. Talitemjen Ao is survived by his wife Moala Panger, two sons and one daughter.