State Social Welfare completes 50 years, celebrates “Golden Jubilee”

KOHIMA, Oct 31 (NEPS): The Department of Social Welfare, Government of Nagaland completes fifty years of its existence in the State. It was established in the year of 1968.

The Department has organized a “Golden Jubilee Celebration” here at the Capital Convention Center under the theme – “Uplift” – on Wednesday.

Advisor, Social Welfare and Home Guards & Civil Defence, Noke Wangnao, who was the Guest of Honor of celebration, said the State witnessed rapid expansion of the Department in last 50 years. That could happen because of the services rendered by every officer. He urged the officers to attend to the needs their people had expectations from the Department.

He pointed out that discipline and hard work was the foremost quality to succeed in bringing all-round development and progress in the Department. He congratulated the officers of the Department – present & the past and all the staff – as their dedications had contributed in enriching the Welfare of the people in Nagaland.

Directorate, Social Welfare, T. Merangtsungba Aier also spoke on the occasion. He said the Department of Social Welfare had a “glorious record of services” rendered to the people in delivering welfare services to the down-trodden and the needy.

He said looking back to 1968, during its inception, there were only four officers and handful of staff, but today the Department had seen a huge progress with more than 150 officers and thousands of staff. He added the Department made many remarkable achievement over the last 50 years by reaching out service delivery to more than 3.36 lakh ICDS beneficiaries in all the 3980 angawadi centers, besides pensions were being provided to 57,400 senior citizens, 4464 widows, 3276 disabled persons, 1625 blind persons, scholarship to 208 physically challenged students and more than 50 NGOs were also given Grant-in-Aid.

First Social Welfare Director, A.Y. Odyuo recalled that he was appointed to study, plan and organize the formation of the Social Welfare Department a year before the establishment of the Department in 1968. And after the formation, the staff shifted from Education Directorate to their own office building. The Department covered every nook and corner of the State very fast because of the understanding by political leaders who served the Department, he recalled.

Retd. Director, Khevito Shohe also shared his story saying he chose the profession as a social worker against the wishes of his parents. He, however, expressed satisfaction to have worked in a Department, which provides services to the people similar to the theologians: uplift of the poor, elderly, differently-abled and children.” It was the right department for him and also those who chose to serve, he stated and called upon other officers and staff to be more dedicated in their works.

Being the first officer to be posted in Tuensang, Retd Director, Nochet Aier narrated on how he worked without any other staff. He added no matter how troublesome the job was in the Department, “you long to work even after retirement, therefore give your best and enjoy your work while you are in service.”

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi’s words, Secretary, Social Welfare, Sarah R. Ritse said true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members; the Department must realize that the program it carries out is much more than the government duty. The humanitarian work involved has a far reaching effect, she added. She reminded the staff that what once worked decades back may not be effective today and advocated for improvement of the Department.

Earlier a Jubilee Souvenir was released by Wangnao.


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