Richard D’Souza is principal chief conservator of forests, to remain in Goa


 Additional principal chief conservator of forests Richard D'Souza has been promoted and retained in Goa, sources said.
D'Souza, whose post has been upgraded to principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) after a recent meeting of departmental promotion committee (DPC), was promoted and posted to Mizoram. But sources said that forest minister Alina Saldanha requested the Union minister of environment and forest to change the order, as his local expertise would help the state.
The MoEF acceded to the request and changed the order. The Goa government had requested that he be retained in the post, but MoEF had declined and issued the order posting him to Mizoram. D'Souza is likely to continue at the same posting till his retirement in 2014.
He had been promoted as APCCF in December 2009, but continued as managing director of Goa forest development corporation and took charge of the department in April, 2012. [TOI]