Matin Dai, retired Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh, passed away in Itanagar on 31 January. He was 85 years old.

Dai was the first Arunachalee to become a chief secretary. Born in Balek village, near Pasighat, he matriculated from Sadiya in 1952. Later he did his bachelor of arts from St Edmund’s College, Shillong.

He joined government service as base superintendent in 1956, and was later inducted to the Indian Frontier Administrative Service. He served in various parts of the state, including as the deputy commissioner of Bomdila. He also served as secretary and commissioner of the state before becoming the chief secretary of Arunachal in 1988. He retired in 1991.

The Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and the Arunachal Press Club has expressed deep shock and sorrow over Dai’s demise.

The press community of Arunachal on Friday expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and also prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul.

Dai leaves behind his daughter an eminent writer and recipient of Sahitya Akademi Awardee, Mamang Dai and sons Ojing Dai and Otem Dai. His last rites will be held tomorrow at his Itanagar residence.

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