New DC Reny Wilfred (left) and SP Dr Pritpal Kaur Batra (right) at their reception programme.

It was a historic moment for the people of newly created Noklak district when Reny Wilfred and Dr Pritpal Kaur Batra, took charge as the first new deputy commissioner and first superintendent of police of the youngest and 12th district of Nagaland respectively.

A reception programme for them was held at the deputy officer’s office complex on Thursday.

The Nagaland government declared Noklak sub-division under Tuensang district as a full-fledged district on the night of December 21, 2017.

The district is inhabited mostly by Khianmiungan Naga tribe.

Speaking on the occasion, adviser to fisheries and aquatic resources, evaluation, economics and statistics L.Khumo thanked the government for showing magnanimous generosity towards the Khiamniungan people by approving Noklak as the 12th district of the state.

“Today we are here with deputy commissioner Wilfred and SP Batra, whose names will be remembered for generations by the people of Noklak,” Khumo said. He hoped that they will bring positive changes to the newly created district.

Khumo urged the people to be law-abiding citizens and extend continuous support to the district administration even as the district is still lacking behind in every sphere.

“6th August will be a historic day for the people of Noklak,” adviser to prisons and printing and stationery departments H. Haiying said.

The creation of the district is a fulfilment of the long-felt dreams of the people who are living in remote and underdeveloped region of the state, he said.

Welcoming the DC and SP, Haiying said they have taken their respective responsibilities to lead the people of the district for all round development and added that challenging tasks are ahead of them.

He urged all the citizens of Noklak district to extend full cooperation to the administration and work for the up-lift and development of the newly born district.

In his address, Wilfred expressed his happiness at the warm reception accorded to them by the people of the district.  He sought cooperation from civil societies, churches, NGOs, different civil society organisations.

The first SP of the district, Batra, said she was happy to be posted in such a far flung area and hoped that she will be able to bring positive changes in the district.

“The Khianmiungan people are very talented and hardworking and if we work together then changes will come,” she said.

Khiamniungan Tribal Council president L. Ngon also spoke on the occasion.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com