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Need To Emulate St Francis Xavier

This is with reference to the article ‘SFX-Altruist saint for hedonist society’ by Nandkumar M Kamat (NT December 3). For a hedonistic society like that prevailing in Goa where public morality has plummeted to an all-time low and people have drifted totally from the values practised by their patron, Saint Francis Xavier (SFX), the presence of such a holy person in our midst becomes all the more deserving and indispensable for the conversion of sinners. This is one reason why God sent prophets and holy men in our history of salvation to reconcile sinners to himself. It is a pity, however, that Goans have not emulated the example of SFX, who, after relinquishing his aristocracy, lived the life of an ascetic in the selfless service of the poor, the sick and the dying. Goa, on the other hand, would have probably been a better place today had it not been for poor governance and greedy politicians.

A F NAZARETH, Alto Porvorim


Govt Recruitment: Transparent Process Need of the Hour

As a matter of fact, vacancies in the state government departments have not been filled since the last two years. Due to illness of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the recruitment process was put on hold for the last almost nine months. However, of late, the Chief Minister has directed the government officers to expedite the procedure to fill vacancies in the different government departments. However, it is not known whether the vacancies would be filled strictly on merit basis. Over the years, merit of the candidates has not received consideration and many candidates have been selected based on political patronage. Most of them do not have proper knowledge of English language (both to speak and write). Hence they have failed to assure better service to the members of the public, who visit the offices for their concerned official work. One wonders as to how such candidates become successful at the oral and written tests held prior to the selection. Nevertheless, this system must be changed so that only efficient candidates secure the much-coveted government jobs. Once the recruitment process starts, it is necessary for the Chief Minister to emphasise on this particular aspect and see to it that candidates for the vacant posts are selected strictly on merit basis rather than influence or political patronage. Such a step would go a long way in assuring justice to the efficient candidates. A transparent selection process has become the need of the hour.



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