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ITANAGAR: Maj Krishna Chandra Johorey, one of the few officers acknowledged for their contribution towards the transition of Arunachal Pradesh from the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA), passed away on January 5. He was 94.
Born in the year 1927, he completed his education from Allahabad University in 1944. Later, he joined Indian Army on September 12, 1948, and was posted in Arunachal Pradesh (then NEFA).
He also served as Assistant Political Officer(I), Sub- Divisional Magistrate Political Officer / District Magistrate / Deputy Commissioner Distt Officer; Law & Order, Development Administration, District Administration, in Arunachal's Along, Pasighat, Khonsa, Bomdila from January 1954 to 1962, for eight years.
Johorey was also posted abroad as a trade agent of India in Tibet's Yatung for ten years.
He was also the First Secretary, Embassy of India in Afghanistan.
He also served as the Counsellor (Political) & Financial Adviser, Political Officer of India in Sikkim & Bhutan.
He was also the Divisional Organiser-VVF-SSB, in Manipur from June 1996 to 1980.
Besides, Johorey also served in various other departments for the Indian government, such as Financial Commissioner of Delhi between 1972 to 1975.
Among his many achievements, Johorey also received the Padma Shree Award in the year 1963.
Johorey also wrote a book entitled INDIA Pre and Post-Independence: Indo-China War and Beyond, in 2017.
The book is a narrative of his experience of India's freedom struggle and the dawn of the Indian political structure.
Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Kiren Rijiju expressed grief on his demise.
"I'm deeply pained to learn about the sad demise of KC Johorey ji, one of the few surviving officers who had built NEFA now Arunachal Pradesh. He served in Arunachal Pradesh till 1973. We will always cherish his valuable contributions. May almighty give strength to his family," Rijiju tweeted.
His contributions in strengthening the military, diplomacy, social cause and environment have been recognised by the nation.
(Edited by Gabriel G Momin)