Every minister in the state cabinet will now have two special officers who will be experts in fields related to the department.
It is that time – post-elections. That’s time when the celebrations stop and the lines of supporters who demanded quid pro quo of proper jobs for canvassing. Newly elected chief minister Manohar Parrikar has to pay the piper that got him and his party re-elected.
Wealthy supporters are gifted plum contracts, tenders tweaked to benefit them, paid for by the taxpayer. Those supporters that don’t have their own businesses or education, menial jobs are provided, paid for by the taxpayer of course.
The most interesting development now – and it says much about the educated unemployed in Panaji constituency, the job of “Special Officer” is now available. Each minister will have to have two special officers.
Parrikar is reported to have said that there is a need for “good, young and experienced people to advise the ministers on various issues”.
Ostensibly, this will be to help the minister to get a proper perspective on his job. But by putting his educated supporters in the inside track of the ministers’ offices, once he sets this up, Parrikar will have managed to have to have loyal eyes, ears and feet in all the departments.
The promises for the jobs came from Parrikar while visiting his constituency. The payment for these jobs and their pensions too, will come out of your pocket and mine.