It has come to light that Goa University (GU) did not take the state government’s permission to relax the 15 years domicile certificate clause for recruitment of its staff.
Highly placed sources in the state administration have confirmed that the Goa University authorities had not taken prior permission from the government before arriving at a decision to relax the 15 years domicile clause for staff recruitment.
Taking a serious note of the matter raised by alliance partner Goa Forward Party, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has moved a note seeking a detailed inquiry report from the directorate of higher education.
Meanwhile, Governor Mridula Sinha has sought a report from the Vice Chancellor and Registrar of Goa University on the issue of relaxation of the domicile certificate for recruitment.
This was revealed before the media on Monday by a delegation of youth wing of Goa Forward Party (GFP) after meeting the Governor at Raj Bhavan.
President of Goa Youth Forward Raj Malik, who led the delegation, said that while assuring to look into the issue on priority, the Governor has informed the delegation that she has already sought a report from Goa University.
In a memorandum submitted to the Governor, GFP’s youth wing stated that the recruitment drive is being undertaken by the Goa University for 82 posts. The GFP youth wing alleged that there is a deliberate move by officials in the Goa University to keep Goans out of the recruitment drive by relaxing the mandatory clause of 15 years domicile certificate.
The GFP has claimed that the University authorities do not have any right to bypass university statute by themselves without any relaxation granted by the government. It further contended that the GU authorities, by stipulating knowledge
of Konkani as ‘essential’ and Marathi as ‘desirable’, were deliberately trying to create confusion, as the statute only mentions Konkani.
The party’s youth wing also brought to the notice of the Governor that the reservation roster has been manipulated to deny these posts to deserving Goan Other Backward Class and Scheduled Tribe candidates.
The Goa Youth Forward delegation told the Governor that this is another ploy to deny Goans their right by not implementing the domicile requirement. “Governor told us that she has already sought a report on the matter from the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar of the Goa University,” Malik said.
GFP vice president Durgadas Kamat said that the Governor became aware of the issue after reading a statement of GFP chief and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai which appeared in the media.