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M’laya looking to fill principle secretary’s post
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 6:
Published on 7 Jul. 2009 12:29 AM IST
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Meghalaya Assembly secretariat would soon write to state government requesting for deputing an IAS officer to fill-up the Principal Secretary post, vacated with the sudden resignation of controversial officer R Kothandaraman. Kothandaraman, whose appointment as Assembly Principal Secretary was mired into controversy, quit his post after three influential NGOs, Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo People’s (FKJGP) and Synjuk ki Seng Samla Shnong (SSSS) set ten days ultimatum for Kothandaraman’s removal. “We will be writing to the state government to depute an IAS officer,” an Assembly secretariat official said today. According to the official, senior IAS officer Prashant Naik, who is presently the Chief Electoral Officer is likely to be sent to the Assembly secretariat provided the Election Commission of India released him before appointing Naik to the Principal Secretary post. The three NGOs and Assembly staffs had opposed the appointment of Kothandaraman as Principal Secretary saying that there were no justifications for his appointment. They said that if an appointment of Principal Secretary is needed, the Speaker should appoint an IAS or a state Civil Service official to provide efficient administration of the Assembly Secretariat. Infact, several MLAs, including ministers in the DD Lapang-led ministry have expressed reservation over the appointment of Kothandaraman, who is accused of anti-government activities. Controversial Kothandaraman was appointed as Principal Secretary of Meghalaya Assembly on a two-year contract basis with a salary of Rs 75, 000 per month exclusive of other benefits. Former Goa Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro, also AICC Secretary in-charge Meghalaya, was instrumental in the appointment of Kothandaraman as an officer in the Meghalaya Assembly secretariat. Incidentally, former Goa assembly speaker Pratap Singh Rane sacked Kothandaraman after being exposed in alleged extra marital affairs with a staff member Goa Assembly secretariat. He is also facing an inquiry for his alleged anti-government activities on a complaint filed by Governor of Nagaland, where he was posted earlier. Kothandaraman was also chargesheeted for threatening the Secretary General of Lok Sabha Secretariat PDT Achary.

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