Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava proceeding on leave when the State was put on high alert in view of the verdict on Ayodhya, has raised many a eyebrows in Goa.
Even as the nation erupted in flames following the razing of the Babri Masjid, Goa remained calm and peaceful in those turbulent times. But since then, the situation has changed and this oasis of peace has unfortunately witnesses some communal clashes in recent past.
It was because of this changed situation that the State administration was on high alert to prevent any untoward incident in the wake of the Court verdict. Innumerable meetings were held with various organizations to drive home the message of maintaining peace and calm in Goa particularly in view of the tourism season about to commence.
However, what came as a surprise to many was that at such a critical moment, the main bureaucrat, the Chief Secretary who is also the Home Secretary, proceeded on leave.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat played down the matter by stating that the Chief Secretary had to go on leave due to the illness of his relative.
The Chief Secretary chaired all the crucial meetings held to maintain law and order in the State.