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RTI Activist questions haste in GPSC Chairman’s Appointment

The entire selection and appointment of Kurapati Dwarakanath Row, alleged to be a relative of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar as the Chairman of the Goa Public Service was completed in a mere six days. This has been revealed in the information obtained by Adv. Aires Rodrigues under the Right to Information Act.

As per the file notings a note was moved by the Personnel department at the Secretariat on 27th February that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had recommended and suggested the name of Kurapati Dwarakanath Row for the post of Chairman of Goa Public Service Commission. There was however no written note from the Chief Minister to the effect.

The Personnel department note was approved by the Under Secretary, Additional Secretary, Chief Secretary and the Chief Minister on the same day. The proposal was also approved by the Cabinet meeting held on that very same day. The Chief Minister on the next day sent the file to the Governor for his approval. With Governor B. V. Wanchoo giving his approval on the very next day the Personnel department swiftly issued the notification on 4th March appointing Kurapati Dwarakanath Row as the Chairman of the Goa State Public Service Commission. Coincidentally 4th March was Kurapati Dwarakanath Row’s birthday.

The records reveal that the Government did not consider any other name besides Kurapati Dwarakanath Row for the High Constitutional post of GPSC Chairman and that neither was a back ground check conducted on the antecedents of Kurapati Dwarakanath Row a former staff of Air India.

Stating that the selection and appointment of Kurapati Dwarakanath Row being not in accordance with law was
made with a pre-conceived mind and in a determined manner, Adv. Aires Rodrigues has alleged that it was a pre-meditated plan to appoint this relative of the Chief Minister as the Chairman of the Goa Public Service Commission.

Adv. Rodrigues has further alleged that the decision making process was neither transparent or objective and that no effort had been made to choose the best possible talent to discharge the constitutional function as the Chairman of a very important and constitutional authority, the Goa Public Service Commission.

Adv. Rodrigues has stated that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was bound to disclose his relationship with the Kurapati Dwarakanath Row
and in fact, ought to have recused himself from making this recommendation and refrained from taking any decision on the appointment.Wondering whether Kurapati Dwarakanath Row 
was the only person who could be considered and appointed as Chairman of the Goa Public Service Commission, Adv. Rodrigues has questioned as to why Goans were over looked for the position when the Chief Minister keeps speaking about Special Status for Goa.

Pointing out that distinguished personalities of impeccable personal integrity, caliber and qualifications including some retired judges have headed the Goa Public Service Commission in the past, Rodrigues has decried that the recent Chairmen of the GPSC were politically handpicked so that the 
fair and independent working of Goa Public Service Commission could be conveniently fiddled with.

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