Kohima: The first deputy commissioner (DC) and superintendent of police (SP) of Nagaland’s youngest district — Noklak — were warmly accorded welcome during a small ceremony held at the DC Office Complex in Noklak on Thursday.
“Today we are here with deputy commissioner of Noklak Reny Wilfred and Superintendent of Police Dr Pritpal Kaur Batra, whose names will be remembered for generations by the people of Noklak. We hope that they will bring positive changes to the newly created district,” Adviser to the department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Evaluation, Economics & Statistics L Khumo said during the reception programme held on Thursday evening.
An update from the DIPR on Friday said that Khumo thanked the Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio, Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland, Y Patton, cabinet ministers, advisers, MLAs and the government for magnanimous generosity towards the people of Khiamniungans for consenting Noklak as the 12th district of Nagaland.
Despite lacking behind in many spheres, the legislator urged upon the people to be law abiding citizens and to extend their continuous support to the government.
Advisor to the department of prisons and printing & stationery, H Haiying, pointed that August 6 will go down as a historic day for the people of Noklak.
The legislator said that as the people are living in remoteness and remain an underdeveloped region, the creation of the district has fulfilled the long felt dreams of the people.
As the new DC and SP take charge of their respective responsibilities, he hoped that it will lead the people of the district towards an all round development, although challenging tasks are now ahead of them. He urged all to extend full co-operation and work for the up-liftment and development of the newly born Noklak district.
The new deputy commissioner of Noklak Reny Wilfred sought co-operation from civil societies, churches, NGOs, and various civil organizations. He expressed his contentment for the warm reception accorded to him.
Wilfred mentioned that the health, education, skill development, agri and so on, are some of the sectors where necessary facilities needs to be addressed.
Meanwhile, the first Superintendent of Police of Noklak, Dr Pritpal Kaur Batra expressed her delight to be posted in such a far flung area where she hope to bring positive changes. As she said that Khianmiungans are very talented and hardworking, she hoped that if all cooperates and work together, the district will see changes.
President of the Khiamniungan Tribal Council L Ngon in his address acknowledged the PDA government led by the chief Minister, bureaucrats led by Chief Secretary, and the support made by all tribes and NGOs for creating Noklak as the 12th district of Nagaland.
The programme was chaired by SDO (Civil) Noklak C Puniang and a special number was presented by B Hangming. Rev Pinglang led the dedication of DC office which was followed by unveiling of Office signboard by the legislators. Nokmei Kam, a morung which was constructed at the DC Official residence at Noklak was also dedicated by Rev Hempao ES, KBCA.
On December 21, 2017, the Nagaland government upgraded Noklak sub-division into a full-fledged district, making it the 12th district in the state, the jurisdiction for which is comprised of the erstwhile Noklak sub-division under Tuensang district. Noklak became the third district to be bifurcated out of Tuensang district since 2004, when Kiphire and Longleng districts were created.
However, Noklak remained a sub-division till the recent orders. Nagaland chief secretary Temjen Toy, on July 10 this year notified the up-gradation of the existing post of Additional Deputy Commission, Noklak to that of Deputy Commissioner, Noklak with immediate effect.
The notification was issued in continuation of the Home department notification dated December 21, 2017 which upgraded Noklak-subdivision under Tuensang district to a full fledged district.
Through a notification on July 30, the additional deputy commissioner Reny Wilfred IAS, from Kiphrie was transferred to become the new deputy commissioner of Noklak district Nagaland. The same day, the home department also appointed Dr Pritpal Kaur Batra, IPS as the new superintendent of Noklak district in Nagaland.