ITANAGAR: Former Arunachal Pradesh Minister Noksong Boham passed away early Sunday morning at his residence in Kanubari under Longding district, due to prolonged illness, family sources informed.
He leaves behind his wife, six daughters, a son and scores of grandchildren.
Noksong Boham (71), who was fighting cancer for quite a long time, passed away at 5 am Sunday morning.
He was first elected unopposed as an MLA of the Janata Party to the state’s first 30- member House on February 25, 1978 from Niausa-Kanubari assembly constituency.
In his 22 years long stint as MLA for four times, he had served the state as minister for forest, industries, panchayat, IFCD, tele-communication, economics & statistics under the Gegong Apang’s ministry.
Governor Brig (retd) Dr BD Mishra mourned the demise of Boham. The Governor said that in the sudden departure of Shri Boham saying that the state had lost a seasoned politician, an effective guardian and one of its tallest members of the Wancho community.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu has also condoled the demise of Boham.
In his condolence message to Phewai Boham, wife of Boham, Khandu wrote, “It pains my heart to write to you at this moment of extreme grief. I humbly endure to share with you the saddest times of your life though I know that it would be hard to do so and ease the pain you and your family are going through.”
Boham was a seasoned, veteran and a first generation leader who served the state in various capacities. His political career began in 1978 till 1999 and during his 22 years of service to the state, he served as minister in various capacities besides his hard work and dedication made him one of the choicest leaders of the state.
“An avid lover of sports, especially football and cricket, Boham, a former radio broadcaster, is known for his specialisation in oral literature and history of the community. His good deeds, especially his compassionate approach towards the needy, fetched him great name and respect,” Khandu said.
“As a social activist, Boham worked on eradicating tattoo on girls of the Wancho community. He was also instrumental in resolving boundary disputes amongst villages. He was known for his high probity in public life and honest politics. He devoted and dedicated his entire life in social work in the remote areas of the State and had worked tirelessly for uplift of the poor, widows, orphans, sick and needy people of region,” the Chief Minister said in his message.
“At this moment of grief, me, my family, colleagues in the government and people of the state extend our solidarity with you and convey our deepest condolences. I pray for his soul to rest in eternal peace!” Khandu added.