Government specifies qualifications for GSPCB chief, member secretary
PANAJI: The state government has notified the rules under Water and Air Act, specifying the qualifications and experience required for the posts of chairman and Member Secretary of Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB), and also kept these key posts open to bureaucrats.
As per the new guidelines, the nominations can be considered for both the posts from the bureaucrats, or officers working in public sector undertaking, university, autonomous body or statutory body, who will be appointed on deputation basis.
But the nominees for the post of chairman and member secretary should hold a master’s degree in environmental science or hold a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from a recognized university or institution.
The desirable qualification is a doctorate in environmental management for the post of chairman and experience from a recognised university or institution and excellent record of peer reviewed research publications.
Whereas for member secretary it is PhD in science relating to environment or M Tech in engineering in discipline relating to environment from a recognized institute or university or equivalent.
The candidates should have at least 10-12 years of practical experience in environmental protection, including industrial pollution mitigation, water treatment or air pollution control devices. While the government officers nominated for chairman’s post should hold analogues post on regular basis possessing three years of regular service in the grade rendered after appointment.
The nominated chairman shall have a fixed term of office, a period three years, while for member secretary it is fixed at five years, which should not be extended for more than one term.
The appointments of chairman of the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) and member secretary had come under scanner following orders passed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on August 24, 2016 to appoint chairpersons and member secretary in state pollution control boards on a merit basis, having requisite knowledge or practical experience in the field of environment protection and pollution control, with experience of management.
The NGT also gave liberty to the state governments to advertise and throw open the posts of chairman and member secretary for all candidates, irrespective of the fact whether they are in the government, academia or in private sector, so as to attract the best talent to it.
Ganesh Shetgaonkar is currently the GSPCB chairman, while Shamila Monteiro, who is a bureaucrat, was recently appointed as member secretary.
Previously, the post of member secretary was held by Levinson Martins, who is now North District Collector.
Interestingly, the selection of chairman came after some failed attempts.
Following the NGT order, the state environment department, after the vacancies were created, invited applications for the posts in November 2016
by drafting recruitment rules.
Later, the state government selected Mumbai-based but Goan-origin Ganesh Budhu Shetgaonkar, as the full-time chairperson of the GSPCB in September last year.
Shetgaonkar is a post-graduate in physics, and has done diploma in computerised industrial accounting and also in packaging. He has also done a short course in quality check.
He also has 25 years of working experience in agrochemical industries in Mumbai, and had stint of around three years with the Vasco-based SGS India Private Ltd as laboratory manager from 2004 to 2007.
Shetgaonkar was selected among the four other eligible candidates, who queued up for the post, that include chemical engineer Avadut Pai Raiturkar with work experience of 34 years, Jaiwant Priolkar, who holds post graduate degree, diplomas and certificates in environmental laws, disaster management and environmental studies, Navnath Khandeparkar with 30 years of work experience in monitoring, sampling and analysis of ambient air.