Kohima, Oct. 1: The Nagaland Senior Citizensí Forum, Kohima, and the department of social welfare observed International Day for Older Persons today along with commemorating the 50th anniversary of Nagalandís statehood.
Minister of social welfare Kiyanilie Peseyie flagged off a walkathon for senior citizens from Old MLA Hostel junction around 7am. The walkathon ended with a function held at Zonal Council Hall, Kohima.
The function started with the invocation pronounced by Rev. Zhiwhuotho Katiry, pastor of Pochury Baptist Church, Kohima. Peseyie wished all the senior citizens good health, long life and prosperity. The Forumís vice-president, Kepelhousie TherŁja, dwelled on the meaning of celebrating International Day of Older Persons and Khevito T. Shohe, director of the social welfare department, said respecting and taking care of elders was the most important gesture of the day.
The deputy director of social welfare department, Tally Lanu, delivered the vote of thanks. The function started with the invocation by Rev. Zhiwhuotho Katiry, pastor, Pochury Baptist Church, Kohima. Dreamz Unlimited staged a skit.
Awards were given to distinguished senior citizens.
The state-level award was given to Zhavise Vihienuo Khriezotuou Sekhose.
Vihienuo was born in 1919 at Chiechama village. He joined the army in Shillong and later held the post of inspector pandit for Kohima elakha, covering the districts of Nagaland division. Between 1958 and 1961, he served as the headmaster of Government Middle English School, Phek and then as sub-inspector of school. President S. Radhakrishnan, in recognition of his loyal and valuable service to the state, awarded him a medal in 1964.
Khriezotuou Sekhose was born on October 10, 1931. She is the author of Seweda and Zhozho. She is also the founder of Lady Workersí Fellowship and Kewhimia Zhavipfuko Krotho.
Vilie-o Rutsa who was awarded a district-level award was born on December 1, 1946. He participated in the Naga Wrestling meet in 1969. He served as Kohima Village Judicial Secretary from 1977-2001 and was a treasurer of the Northern Angami Public Organisation from 1996 to 2002.
Currently, he is president, NAPO and also an executive member in the Angami Public Organisation.
He contributes to the field of law and order and is an active social worker.