Accuses CM of not trying to get a separate section for Goa

Referring to Indian Police Service (IPS) cadre appointments, over which Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar appears to be at loggerhead with the Union Home Ministry, Congress Rajya Sabha Member from Goa Shantaram Naik on Tuesday said the State requires a separate cadre of All India Services but lamented all the successive State governments had opposed the concept.

Mr. Naik was reacting to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s latest missive to Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde in which the former has accused the Centre of giving “step-motherly treatment” to the State in filling top police posts in the State. In his letter Mr. Parrikar has demanded the transfer of Director General of Police Kishan Kumar since he was currently facing health problems and was unable to do justice to his post. The Chief Minister pointed out that the post of Inspector General of Police and two posts of Deputy Inspector General of Police were lying vacant, thus creating a vacuum at the top of the State police hierarchy.

Goa is part of the AGMUT (Arunachal, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories) cadre under the Union Home Ministry for IPS and IAS postings.

‘Not realistic’

“There was no practical support available to my demand from the local governments, even during Congress regime, although, previous Congress government headed by Digamber Kamat had taken some positive steps in that direction at the fag end of his term,” said Mr. Naik.

“The patent argument, which Home Ministry took, that Goa is a small State and hence an independent cadre will not viable, is no more realistic,” Mr. Naik said.

Missed chance

He felt that it was ridiculous on part of Mr. Parrikar to now confront the Union Home Ministry when he too was unwilling to avail the facility of an independent State Cadre which he could have got when, recently, Manipur and Tripura got separate cadres for the IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service (IFS).

Mr. Naik said that Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullapally Ramchandran told him during the debate on Manipur and Tripura bill that Goa government had informed his Ministry that they were not interested in having a separate cadre for Goa.

“Mr. Parrikar, therefore, should understand that Union Home Ministry is the cadre controlling authority for Union Territories Cadre, and therefore, he should stop crying like a child,” Mr. Naik said.

CM charged the Centre of ‘step-motherly treatment’ towards Goa on police posts