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Lalthara retires as chief secy

Kohima, Dec. 31: Nagaland chief secretary Lalthara, retired from his office today with fond memories of the state.

Lalthara said he would never forget the support and love that Nagas have given him during his long service. But he is now in a Catch-22 situation as not only Nagas wanted him to marry a Naga lady, but even home minister Imkong L. Imchen, during a recent state cabinet meeting said the government would allot a plot of land to him on condition that he does so.

“All want me to marry soon,” the outgoing chief secretary said jokingly when asked when would he marry and have a family. “Let’s expect by 2013,” he laughed.

“I love the Nagas more than my people in Mizoram,” Lalthara said. He also said he would not have received so much love and affection and support if he was in Mizoram.

“As the outgoing chief secretary I would not have received that much support and love from Mizoram. The Nagas are peace-loving and honest people and I enjoy working with them. I’ll miss my Naga people,” he said.

Asked whether he would be leaving for Mizoram, Lalthara said he would take the decision later as the state government has requested him to stay back for sometime as they still need his services. “The state government still needs me and wanted me to stay back for sometime,” he said. Most of the senior officials are retiring and the state government needs senior and experienced officials to assist them, he added.

Lalthara handed over his file to Alemtemshi Jamir, a senior IAS officer, who would take over as the new chief secretary, at his official residence.