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Old is Gold Celebrating and appreciating years of wisdom and service

Old is Gold Celebrating and appreciating years of wisdom and service
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/8/2018 4:54:45 AM IST

  Along with the rest of the country, Nagaland celebrated World Senior Citizens day on October 1 to honour senior citizens and their contribution to the society. Senior citizens might be past their prime, but their contribution to the society and sagacity is invaluable.  

As a tribute to the senior citizens of the state, Sunday Post is highlighting the life and career of seven priceless gems who have richly contributed to the society and have left an indelible imprint.

Recognized by the Social Welfare Department, Kohima in 2016: Reverend Dr L Nongsangchilla.

Reverend Dr L Nongsangchilla (91 years) was born on March 4, 1927 at Yaongyimsen village Mokochung. She was the 11th of the 13th children of (late) S Lanumeren, pastor and late Chubamenla. She started schooling at the age of 17 in the village primary school still 1946. She is a single woman and presently lives at Chumukedima with her nephew and family.  During her early years, she worked in different capacities. She has 44 years of work experience.  She was ordained as the first woman reverend by the Ao Baptist Arogo Mongdang, Impur in 1922.  Her other notable achievements are: conferred doctor of infinity Honoris Causa in 1991 by the academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and church administration for her long contribution to the evangelistic task of the church and for her commitment to women and children, Lifetime Achievement Award by the state Department of women development in 2007, Testimonial Record in recognition of her lifetime achievement and exemplary contribution as a role model state Department of women development in 2007, Dr D W Mategaonkar Award by Christian Medical Association for outstanding service in healing ministry.   Reverend Dr L Nongsangchilla has also received many certificates and awards for her contributions towards the society. In honour of her contribution to the society, a girls’ hostel has been named after her at Christian Institute Of Health Sciences & Research (CIHSR) Dimapur. She has also written an autobiography.
Recognized by the Social Welfare Department, Dimapur in 2016: K Hollohon
K Hollohon (86 years) was born on April 15, 1932, and is the son of late Kiyezhe Yepthomi and late Zhekheli of Khukishe village, of Zunheboto district. He did his schooling from Sukhalu and Zunheboto LP school, Tokiye UP school, Satakha ME and Government high school, Shillong. K Hollohon has also served in the Naga home guard, held high rank in Naga underground movement, and became an inspector in the  NAP but resigned. He was also the president Zunheboto sadar in 1968, joint secretary UDF and UDF central committee.  K Hollohon has an impressive political career. He was elected as RCM representing Satoi Tokiye region for three years, elected as the MLA from Aghunato-34 A/C three times, Dimapur III A/C three times and Ghaspani-II once. Altogether, he was elected as an MLA from 1977 to 2013, seven times and has a reputation of never being defeated in elections.  He was also the state minister of excise attached to CM, minister for food and civil supplies, minister for industries and commerce and parliamentary secretary social security and welfare. K Hollohon is currently associated with different activities of SBAK, SABAK and WSBAK and as many as 33 churches in Nagaland. 
Recognized by the Social Welfare Department, Dimapur in 2018:  K Izheho Zhimomi
K Izheho Zhimomi (85 years) was born in May 22, 1933 at Natha old village Zunheboto village studied upto class-11 at DM College, Imphal Manipur.  He married Tonili in the year 1970 and is blessed with two sons, three daughters, 15 grandchildren and one great grandson.  Since 1956-7, he has been actively involved in social activities in different capacities.  K Izheho Zhimomi has served as the chairman of village council in Natha, Old Zunehboto;  Alato;  Sakipheto, Pherima B. He was the chairman of Western Sumi and Kuki Area Council, Dimapur, and ex-cadre DB to ADC Dimapur from 1980 to 1992. He also served as caretaker president, western Sumi Hoho for three terms, vice president western Sumi Hoho for two terms, president Medziphema sub-division GBs union from 2013 till date and advisor, western Sumi Kukami Hoho Dimapur from 2014 till date. 
Like the seven prominent seniors we have featured in this edition, there are numerous others who have shaped our lives and paved the way for the freedom and progress we enjoy today. Having said that, it is also a sad reality that many senior citizens have been abandoned by their children and families and left without emotional and financial support. Keeping in mind their need for a dignified living, the parliament has passed the ‘Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens’ Act, 2007’ which deals with the maintenance of parents and senior citizens (people above 60 years) by their children or relatives and grandchildren who may possess or inherit the property of a senior citizen.  The maintenance includes provision for food, clothing, residence and medical attendance and treatment.  The monthly maintenance may be upto 10,000 rupees. The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens’ Act, 2007’ enables parents unable to maintain themselves with their earning to apply for maintenance from their children, grandchildren etc.  The maintenance can be filed at a tribunal headed by an officer not below the rank of sub-divisional officer who is empowered to adjudicate the application for maintenance. Once filed, the application is required to be decided within 90 days.  The act also makes it obligatory for the state government to establish atleast one old age home in a district to assist senior citizens who are indigent. 
Recognized by the Social Welfare Department, Dimapur in 2018:  Kedouzulou Wetsah
B orn in April 15, 1938 at Chizhami village, Kedouzulou Wetsah (80 years) was a very active social worker during her younger years.  She married late SP Wetsah and is blessed with one daughter, five sons and 15 grand children. She studied upto class-6.  Along with her late husband, SP Wetsah, Kedouzulou Wetsah established “Nagaland children’s Home for the orphans at Diphupar in the year 1972, with the motto “Love towards humanity”. The home currently comprises of 42 orphans, destitutes  and under privileged children.
Recognized by the Social Welfare Department, Dimapur in 2017: Ghoshuho Zhimomi
Ghoshuho Zhimomi (79 years), son of Ghotovi Zhimomi, was born in March 15, 1939 and hails from Nihuko village. He studied upto class 9 and got married in the year 1971.  He has six children and 15 grandchildren. 
From 1965-67, Ghoshuho was an assistant teacher of ME school, Sakhiepeto. He was also elected area council member from Chakro area council in the year 1975-84. 
He was appointed as head GB of Nihokhu village for two terms from 1958 to 59 and from 1981 to 2002, president of Western Sumi Hoho from 1996-2001, and chairman of Nihoto village council from 2002 to 2007 and 2011 to 2016. Under Ghoshuho’s leadership, Nihokhu village was awarded as the best state VDB village in the year 2002 and was awarded the cleanest village in 2015. He is also a recipient of commendation certificate in the field of social harmony.  
Recognized by the Social Welfare Department, Dimapur in 2017: S Imlila Aier
S Imlila Aier (73 years), wife of Alem Pongen of Dibuia village, Mokokchung district is a mother of four children settled in Dimapur since the early 70s. She is a wife, hardworking and loving mother of four children, and grandmother and stays in Notun Bosti, Dimapur. S Imlila Aier has also been running a traditional handicrafts centre in supermarket, Dimapur since 1999 dealing in Naga spears, daos, headgears, traditional bags, wooden handicrafts items and beaded Naga necklaces.
Recognized by the Social Welfare Department, Dimapur in 2016: Khriemoii Liegise
Khriemoii Liegise (72 years) is the daughter of late Siriu Liegise of Khonoma village. She completed her matriculation from Guwahati in 1964, MA education from Kohima in 1980, and served as the headmistress of government middle school Nagarjan till 2005. She is also the founder and president of Kuda Houdo multipurpose, Kuda village, founder and president of Naga Women Hoho, Dimapur (NWHD) in 1970. She also founded Tenyemia women’s union Dimapur, Manipur and Assam in 2000 and is the president till date, apart from becoming the advisor of Tenyemia women’s union from 2016. She has written and published a booklet on Tenyemia Women’s Union Dimapur (2003-2015)

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