State’s pioneer administrator Tangu passes away

* CM leads mourners 

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR | Nov 29 | Chief Minister Pema Khandu led the state in deeply mourning untimely of former administrator J M Tangu at Pasighat at 9.55 am on Wednesday morning.

Born on 01.03.1942, he was about 75, and is survived by two sons, three druthers and 15 grand-children including Anupam Tangu, state’s first commercial pilot.

Expressing his shock, Khandu recalled him as one of the most illustrious, qualified, one of the rare first generation officers and highly decorated administrators the state ever produced.

“The news of his demise has come as a shocker. Despite hailing from a rural background, he was one of the few during state’s formative years, who had pursued higher education far away from home. He contributed immensely to state building, Khandu said in his message to the bereaved family.   “May his soul of one of the ablest sons of the state rest in peace in heavenly abode,” Khandu prayed.

DyCM  Chowna Mein, in his message, termed him as an inspiring and fatherly figure from East Siang district, who displayed enormous equanimity, poise, competence and innovation, while serving the state and left behind a void which is difficult to fill.

“I am fortunate enough to have closely associated with him and his family members of such a dedicated officer, who always kept public interests above self-interests. His contribution to the State will always be remembered,” Mein said in his condolence message. “May the Almighty lift up the light of His countenance upon the departed soul and give him peace, now and forever”. (PROs)

Describing Tangu as one of the veteran IAS officers, former CM Gegong Apang, in his message, said that  “We have lost a great patriot and man with clear vision for the state. His good deeds towards the society will remain in our mind forever. The void created by his demise caused immense loss not only to his family members but for our state and will not be so easily filled in future. His fond memories will be cherished forever”.

Former CM Nabam Tuki, in his condolence message, said that he would always be remembered for his various pioneering works for the state which would always serve as trend setters. Apang and Tuki joined others to pray for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace.

The State Election Commission (SEC) officers and staff led by commissioner Hage Kojeen in a meeting deeply mourned death of pioneer commissioner who laid the foundation of the commission with vast administrative experiences.

His death is an irreparable loss to the state, particularly  to the administrative fraternity, he said and conveyed deep sense of concordances besides joining others in praying for eternal peace of the departed soul.

After obtaining BA degree from St Anthony’s College, Shillong in 1963, he was appointed as assistant political officer-II by GoI, deputed to Secret Service Bureau (SSB) on 12.11.63, undertook training under American expert at Shivpuri (Madhya Pradesh) and Mahabaleswar in Maharastra by British experts on guerilla warfare, 10-week international social welfare service course in Australia during 1978, joined as APO-II at Yingkiong (in undivided East Siang district (1964-65), instructor for officer’s training course at Mahabaleswar and Panchgani (1966-68), area organiser (commandant at) Roing in Dibang Valley (968-69).

He repatriated to APCS during in 1969 and joined as EAC at Ziro during 1970, EAC and ADC at Pasighat (1973-76), Itanagar/Naharlagun deputy chief project officer (1977-79), joined as ADC at Pasighat in March 1979 to become 1st DCs of undivided districts East Siang district in 1981, undivided Tawang in 1982, undivided Lohit (1984-87), supply & transport secretary (1988-2002, Commissioner of various departments and to CM for one decade before retiring on 28.02.02 to be appointed as first SEC on 16.09.2000, Anupam told this daily, adding his last rites will take place at 12.30 pm tomorrow.

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