State funeral was held at the chief secretary's official residence in Kohima Credit: EastMojo Image

Kohima: Nagaland chief secretary Tali Temjen Toy, who passed away on Thursday, was laid to rest in the state’s capital Kohima following a state funeral that was accorded at his official residence.

“I stand with a deep sense of loss and with a heavy heart. Toy was one of the best officers, the finest I can remember Nagaland has ever had. He was a humble, bright and dedicated officer,” said Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio in a eulogy for the deceased.

The chief minister added that as the chief secretary of the state and as a senior IAS officer, Toy had “played a pivotal role in shaping the policies of the government with his progressive ideas, and practical inputs.”

“Toy excelled in all his assignments and responsibilities displaying mature wisdom and deep insights. He always encouraged innovation and an out of the box approach,” the CM added.

IAS officers paying their tribute

The IAS Association of Nagaland also delivered an eulogy for the late chief secretary. The Association termed Toy as a “philosopher, guide and friend” and that the void created by the demise of the bureaucratic head of the state will be felt in “various aspects of governance in the state.”

Hundreds of Nagas, including various tribal and civil society leaders, attended the funeral and expressed their condolences. The state funeral concluded with a guard of honour.

All government offices in Kohima were closed on Friday to enable government employees to pay their tributes.

Toy joined the Indian Adminstrative Service (IAS) in 1989 over a career span of 32 years. He assumed the charge as Chief Secretary of Nagaland in 2018.

Late Temjen Toy was 57. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

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