Faleiro to resign as NRI chief today
PANAJI: Goa commissioner for NRI affairs Eduardo Faleiro will resign from his position with effect from Thursday, he announced to the media on Wednesday. Faleiro has held the post since February 2006.
Briefing the media, Faleiro said that he “did not at any stage seek the present appointment nor any other office in Goa” and that he had only taken up the post at the request of former Goa chief minister Pratapsingh Rane “considering that since I was in Goa I might as well help my fellow Goans in some way”.
Asked if he would continue if the new BJP government asked him to, Faleiro said he would not. He said his leaving was a “natural thing” which happens in a parliamentary democracy. He, however, explained that though his term was set to expire at the end of March, the Congress government had extended it by five years. With the exit of the Congress, Faleiro had to leave too. “I am honoured by the fact that the prime minister and the Union finance minister, among others, have praised this office, verbally and in writing, for its efficiency and the vast range of subjects of interest to NRIs that it deals with,” Faleiro said.
Faleiro also praised his two officers, vice-admiral (retd) John D’Silva, chairman of the Overseas Employment Agency and U D Kamat, director of NRI affairs, calling them “quite competent to run this office on their own”. Faleiro also hoped the NRI office would complete his unfulfilled projects.
PS. On behalf of the Goan of Australia we would like to express our sincere thanks to Mr Faleiro for the many intiatives, especially the Know Goa Program for the diaspora youth and helping out and giving a patient hearing to the concerns of Goans overseas.
GOA NSW Inc Australia.