From our Correspondent
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Former IAS officer Jikom Riba, who had retired in 1994, passed away after brief illness in Niba Hospital here yesterday.
He was 77 and is survived by his wife Lomte Riba, four sons and a daughter. The final rites will take place at his native village Ego–Dari on Sunday, family sources said.
Riba, son of freedom fighter, late Moje Riba of Dari village in West Siang district, had his graduation from St Edmund’s College, Shillong in 1964 and joined the NEFA administration as circle officer at Along in 1965. He served as special officer (Cultural affairs at NEFA secretariat during 1965–68), assistant director of social & cultural affairs (1968–70) and was inducted into the prestigious IAS in 1981.
A straight forward human being with down to earth disposition and an ever smiling face, Riba continued to serve the people of the State by associating himself with numerous voluntary organizations, including Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (as president), Galo Welfare Society as patron, Voluntary Health Association of Arunachal and AP Government Pensioners’ Association (as president), chief advisor of Arunachal Siksha Vikash Samity and chief advisor of Karko Ao, among others. He was attached to Raj Bhavan as OSD boundary issue in 1995.