Agrawal’s service extended


 The air of uncertainty over the continuance of N D Agrawal as South Goa  Collector has finally ended.
The government has given one year extension of service to Agrawal, who will continue in office for the next one year. The Collector received the government’s order on Monday. He was due to retire from office on December 31, 2012.
Sources in the know said the government granted extension for the district collector after he won the Best District Award from the Union Social Welfare Ministry for his work to make the district disabled free.
Incidentally, Congress spokesman Reginaldo Lourenco had earlier this month opposed an extension of service for the district Collector, saying he was being used by the BJP to prepare the 2014 election manifesto by the party. 
In fact, Reginaldo had requested the government not to grant extension to the district Collector saying any such decision would only do injustice to young Goan officers.
Moreover, it was his contention that Agrawal do not merit any extension since he was accused by the staff and employees of the district Collectorate for harassment.
In fact, a delegation of the Goa government Employees Association had called on the district Collector a month ago to stop harassing the staff.
However, the Best District Award won by the South Goa district from the Union Social Welfare Ministry and Agrawal’s decision to hold camps in remote villages of Gaodongrim and Neturlim, besides his visits to the village Panchayats across South Goa has gone in his favour, which finally paved the way for his extension of service, sources said. [H]