In what is turning out to be a major embarrassment to the Parrikar-led government on account the recommendation of the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of claimed educationist Pandurang Nadkarni for the post of State Information Officer; RTI document procured by Advocate Aires Rodrigues show that Nadkarni had failed in his SSC exams in 1970 while a student of A.J.de Almeida School at Ponda.
This has been revealed from documents from the Personnel department at the Secretariat under the Right to Information Act. These documents had been submitted by Nadkarni while applying for the post of Director of Education in 1994. Nadkarni failed SSC in March 1970 and cleared it in October that year in pass class at the age of 18. Ironically Manohar Parrikar while Chief Minister in 2001 had appointed Pandurang Nadkarni as Chairman of Goa SSC Board. As per the documents now obtained Nadkarni passed his BA in pass class and MA in second class both by correspondence from Shivaji University, Kolhapur
The documents obtained by Adv. Aires Rodrigues under RTI also reveals that Goa Government had in 1995 rejected the name of Pandurang Nadkarni for the post of Director of Education. The Goa Public Service Commission had recommended the name of Nadkarni for the post of Director of Education. However, the Goa cabinet headed by then Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane by a decision taken on 2nd March 1995 rejected the recommendation on the ground that Nadkarni was not experienced in the administration of education. Noting that Nadkarni lacked the requisite administrative experience, the cabinet felt that appointment of such a person would hamper the efficiency of the department.
Meanwhile, the Crime Branch has sought comments from the Director of Information on the complaint filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues against the discrepancies in the bio-data submitted by Nadkarni while applying for the post of State Information Commissioner.