Kohima: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday presented the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award, to veteran politician and former Nagaland chief minister Dr SC Jamir at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

“President Kovind presents Padma Bhushan to Dr S.C. Jamir for Public Affairs. A veteran political leader and Governor of many states, Dr Jamir is one of the founders of the state of Nagaland,” Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted.

Jamir is the first politician from Nagaland to receive the Padma Bhushan award, recognized for his distinguished service in the field of public affairs.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio took to Twitter saying, “Congratulations, Dr. S.C Jamir on being awarded with the #PadmaBhushan, the third-highest Civilian Award, for exceptional and distinguished service in the field of Public Affairs. I wish you the very best in all your endeavours.”

“Congratulations to Dr. SC Jamir on being conferred the Padma Bhushan Award by the Hon’ble President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn). Grateful to the Government of India under the dynamic leadership of Hon’ble PM Shri @NarendraModi Ji for aptly acknowledging Dr. Jamir’s contributions,” deputy chief minister Y Patton tweeted.

On November 6, Jamir met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “It was wonderful to meet Shri SC Jamir, the former CM of Nagaland and respected statesman. We exchanged views on several issues. I also have fond memories of working with him when he briefly served as the Governor of Gujarat back in 2009,” Modi had tweeted.

Born on October 17, 1931, Dr Jamir was first elected to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly in 1971, and later served as the chief minister four times. He also served as the governor of Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Odisha, and also the first Lok Sabha Member from the State of Nagaland from 1961 to 1970.

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