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PS resignation ‘huge loss’ for M’laya: Lapang
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 10
Published on 11 Jul. 2009 12:55 AM IST
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: Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang has termed the resignation of R Kothandaraman from the post of Principal Secretary of the Assembly Secretariat as “huge loss to the State”. Kothandaraman quit his post after several NGOs and Assembly staffs had opposed his appointment as Principal Secretary, which they said there were no justifications for his appointment. They said if an appointment of Principal Secretary was needed, the Speaker should appoint an IAS or a state Civil Service official to provide efficient administration of the Assembly Secretariat. Not only the NGOs and Assembly staffs, several MLAs, including ministers in the D D Lapang-led ministry, have expressed reservation over the appointment of Mr Kothandaraman, who is accused of anti-government activities. “ Kothandaraman was appointed to clean up the mess in the Assembly, but his resignation is a huge loss to the State,” Mr Lapang said at a public function in the presence of Assembly Speaker Charles Pyngrope. The Chief Minister also criticised the NGOs who had demanded for replacing Mr Kothandaraman with a retired IAS officers to the post. “I don’t think a retired IAS officer would be able to handle such an important post,” he said. Infact, Kothandaraman is facing an inquiry for his alleged anti-government activities on a complaint filed by the Nagaland Governor, where he was posted earlier. He was also chargesheeted for threatening the Secretary General of Lok Sabha Secretariat, P D T Achary. Former Goa Assembly Speaker Pratap Singh Rane sacked Kothandaraman after being exposed in an alleged extra-marital affair with a staff member of Goa Assembly secretariat. Kothandaraman was appointed as the 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, who is the AICC Secretary in-charge Meghalaya, was instrumental in the appointment of Mr Kothandaraman as an officer in the Meghalaya Assembly secretariat.

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