Dimapur, January 30: Former Minister and Chief Secretary of Nagaland, Z Obed passed away Thursday at Dimapur.
Late Z Obed studied at GHS Kohima, St. Edmunds College Shillong and St. Paul’s College Calcutta, and entered the Indian Frontier Administrative Service in 1958 which was a specialized Civil Service cadre established by the Government of India in the 1950s to administer frontier areas including the then NEFA. He later joined the Indian Administrative Service and continued to serve the people in various capacities, rising to the highest bureaucratic level of the Chief Secretary of Nagaland.
After retiring as Chief Secretary in December 1989, late Z Obed successfully contested the general elections to the 8th Nagaland Legislative Assembly in 1993 and was appointed as Cabinet Minister for Planning and Coordination, Urban Development and Economics & Statistics.
In 2003, he was again elected to the 10th Nagaland Legislative Assembly and was appointed as Cabinet Minister for PHE.
CM, others condole
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has expressed shock and grief at the sudden demise of Z Obed, retired Chief Secretary of Nagaland and former Minister today at Dimapur.
“ Right from his bureaucratic years, he always gave me valuable advice and supported me in my various ventures, for which I will always be grateful to him and his gracious lady wife,” he said.
“In his demise, we have lost a close friend, an elderly figure and a good leader who gave the best years of his life to serve the people diligently. Nagaland has lost a valuable senior leader, whose advice and guidance will be deeply missed particularly during these crucial times of our political journey.”
The CM on behalf of the Government of Nagaland extended deepest condolences to the bereaved family members, and prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace.
(Page News Service)