PANAJI: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Friday said that the number of officers of the Indian Forest Service (IFS) posted in Goa is more as compared to the number of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and India Police Service (IPS) officers here.
“In fact, the number of IFS officers in Goa and Maharashtra are almost same, even though the geographical size of both states is vastly different,” he said, stating that the number of IFS officers in the state is so large that they are now blocking the promotion prospects of the local officers of the forest department.
“I have suggested to the Union Minister for Home Affairs that the Centre could call back some of the IFS officers posted in Goa,” Parsekar, who holds the Home portfolio, said.
The Chief Minister said that the Centre would soon send IAS and IPS officers to Goa. “There is a deficit of IAS and IPS officers in the state administration,” Parsekar told ‘The Navhind Times’ telephonically, adding that during his recent visit to New Delhi, he discussed the particular issue with Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh and received an assurance about being provided with requisite number of IAS and IPS officers.
As per the norms, Goa has a share of 18 IAS officers. However, as many of these officers either go on leave or are out of the state for training, the administration subsequently suffers in their absence. The actual requirement of Goa for IAS officers is 20 to 22.
Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said that when the central government decided to transfer former Goa chief secretary K K Sharma as the Delhi chief secretary, almost a year ago, no replacement was sent to Goa. “However, I have no complaints as the present chief secretary R K Srivastava is performing well and the administration has absolutely no problem with him,” he said. The Chief Minister also said that he is currently visiting the show of maritime might at the International Fleet Review being held at Visakhapatnam. “The event will be attended by President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he added, stating that all the chief ministers of the Indian coastal states have also been invited for the same.
“The last such event was held here, in the year 2001 and this is the second such event organised after a period of 15 years,” Parsekar said. Altogether ninety ships including those representing the naval forces of US, France, United Kingdom and China are taking part in the International Fleet Review.