Kohima, June 11: Senior journalist and incumbent president of Kohima Press Club (KPC) Xavier Rutsa passed away today after suffering a stroke. He was 42.
Family sources said that late Xavier Rutsa suffered a stroke and collapsed after returning home from a meeting of the New Market Youth Organization Sports Committee. He was rushed to hospital by his friends but doctor declared him death, family sources said.
Late Rutsa besides being an active well known senior journalist of the State, who had worked in erstwhile Northeast Herald and Nagaland Post since 1999, was presently writing for the Times of India. He was also engaged in various social organizations, especially sports bodies in the State.
The Nagaland Press Association vice president H Chishi, Kohima Press Club general secretary Alice Yhoshü, DGP Nagaland Rupin Sharma, NMYO President Vikholie Yiesie, AIR News Reader Jonas Yanthan, KPC Advisor Kopelo Krome, Senior Journalist Okenjeet Sandham, PRO IGAR(N) Lt. Col. Amitabh Chauhan and Non Official Director at NSTFDC Johny G Rengma delivered condolence message during the funeral service.
Condolence messages of Governor P B Acharya, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, NPF President Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu, Chief Secretary Temjen Toy, political parties, civil organizations, women and students bodies were read out during the funeral service held below his residence at New Market Bazaar. Time of India and Mizoram Journalists’ Association also conveyed condolences on his demise.
The condolence messages conveyed that late Rutsa was an honest and an upright senior Journalist of deep understanding with an incisive edge in his writings had immensely contributed for the upliftment of the society and the vacuum he created will be difficult to replace and his untimely demise is a great loss to the media fraternity of Nagaland.
Vilie-o Rutsa spoke on behalf of the family.
The funeral service led by Catechist of St Francis De Sales Church Kohima Town, Francis P Kiewhuo was conducted by Parish Priest of St Francis De Sales Church Kohima Town, Rev Fr Richard Fernandes.
Meanwhile, the Nagaland Press Association and Dimapur Press Club held a condolence meeting at Press Point, Dimapur and observed a 2-minute silence in memory of late Xavier Rutsa.
The members present also spoke about their experiences on being associated with late Rutsa. (Page News Service)
Govt announces Rs 4 lakhs ex gratia under NJWF
Dimapur, June 11: The Government of Nagaland under the Nagaland Journalist Welfare Fund (NJWF) has announced Rs 4 lakhs ex-gratia to the next of kin of late Xavier Rutsa.
The Nagaland Journalist Welfare Fund initiated by the Nagaland Press Association (NPA) has a corpus fund provided by the State Government, and is operated by the Department of Information & Public Relation (DIPR) in close consultation with the NPA, the three press clubs – Kohima Press Cub, Dimapur Press Club & Mokokchung Press Club, and representatives from some State Government departments.
As per the NJWF, the next of kin of any working journalist will be paid Rs 4 lakhs (enhanced from Rs 2 lakhs) as ex gratia. Under NJWF, working journalists are also entitled to medical treatment compensation subject to approval from the NJWF committee, which includes representatives from DIPR, NPA, press clubs and Health & Welfare Department. (Page News Service)