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Mukul defends secy tenure

Shillong, Jan. 6: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today strongly defended the decision to extend the service of chief secretary W.M.S. Pariat.

There have been voices of opposition to the decision to extend Pariat’s service by another six months with effect from January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014. Pariat had reached the age of superannuation on December 28, 2013.

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I do not feel that it is wrong to extend his (Pariat’s) service since it is still needed at present,” Sangma said.

While stating that there is “shortage” of officers in Meghalaya, he said Pariat’s “experience and efficiency” are being utilised for the state.

“Most of our senior officers are under tremendous work pressure as they have so many departments to look after. Hence, the government feels that utilising a senior officer for some more time is actually going to help provide better governance,” Sangma stated.

“We should instead be thankful that he (Pariat) is willing to continue serving the state despite being eligible to retire,” he added.

Further, he brushed aside apprehensions that Pariat’s extension would affect any serving officer.

“Instead, it will be an added bonus for all with an extra and capable hand chipping in,” the chief minister said.