CM Neiphiu Rio, Dy. CM Y Patton Condole the demise of Padma Shri A.M. Gokhale, IAS (Retd)

CM Neiphiu Rio, Dy. CM Y Patton Condole the demise of Padma Shri A.M. Gokhale, IAS (Retd)

Kohima, April 18 (NEx): Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton, Advisor AH&VS, R Khing along with others condoles the demise of Padma Shri A.M. Gokhale, IAS (Retd), former Nagaland Chief Secretary.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said, ‘I am deeply grieved at hearing the news of the passing away of Padma Shri A.M. Gokhale, former Chief Secretary of Nagaland today morning’. It’s a loss which is not limited to his immediate family members but to all of us in Nagaland, said CM Rio in his condolence message.

CM Rio recalled Gokhale as an exceptional officer, an optimist, a true leader, and a thinker par excellence, who during his more than three decades of service in the Indian Administrative Service brought about revolutionary changes. In Nagaland, he developed the concept of the Village Development Board which decentralised development to the village level, much before the Panchayati Raj institutions were brought in the rest of the country.

Rio said, the people of the entire state shall continue to fondly remember the passionate manner in which he executed and put in place the necessary foundation to ensure it’s success and sustainability. He was awarded Padma Shri for this path breaking work.

Building on the strengths and traditions of the people of Nagaland and merging it with his passion for conserving environment, he established Nagaland Environment Protection and Economic Development through People’s Act (NEPED), building a motivated and dedicated team from scratch, which for the first time also brought in financing from external agencies to Nagaland. Its success also motivated the State Government to set-up a number of other game changing missions such as the Bamboo Mission, Honey Mission.

Shri Gokhale always did what was in the best of interests for the people of the State, and he will always remain in the hearts of the people of Nagaland. His death to COVID is a great loss to the people of Nagaland, Rio said.

Further, Rio extended his deepest condolences to the family, Ms. Savita Gokhale and children and pray to God Almighty to grant them the strength to bear with this irreparable loss. May his soul rest in peace.

Deputy CM Y Patton condoles:

Deputy Chief Minister & BJP leader Y Patton condoled the death of Padmashri. AM Gokhale IAS (retd), former Chief Secretary of Nagaland.

Patton said Gokhale was the brain behind introducing Alder tree plantations drive which helped in jhum cultivation cycles, and its benefits in eco- forestry. His vision for an integrated rural development became a reality with the establishment of Village Development Boards, starting with Ketsapo in Phek district as a model village. As a reformer and a brilliant Civil servant, Gokhale left deep imprint in the hearts of the people of Nagaland.

In his demise, the nation has lost an efficient bureaucrat. On behalf of the state BJP legislators, the Dy.CM conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family and pray for the departed to rest in peace.

‘Sad to learn about the demise of former Chief Secretary Nagaland, Shri A.M.Gokhale. An outstanding civil servant & Padmashri awardee, his contribution to strengthen VDBs will be remembered, – Tweets R Khing.