Panaji: Pritam Asgaonkar, a young woman in
her early twenties in Goa, was preparing to join the job of a conductor on state-run buses after the state Assembly poll.
Although the job was a bit odd, Asgaonkar had decided to take it up because it was a secured government employment under the Indira Bal Rath Yojna aimed at providing transport
facilities to school-going children.
Little before the election code of conduct was announced in the last week of December, she received an offer letter.
The only formality that was left was her medical examination test, which is mandatory to get through the vacancy. But
recent poll results in Goa seems to have changed her fate.
Newly-elected Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has
announced that government jobs given by the previous
government in violation of model code of conduct have been
kept on hold, and will be duly reviewed.
"Do you know what it means? It means, we will have to go
back to the ministers again and plead for a job. I managed to
get the offer letter after much trouble, waiting outside
ministers` chambers," she grumbled, refusing to divulge
whether she bribed officers or any minister to secure the job.
Asgaonkar`s tale is no different from 1,800 other Goan
youths who were expecting to join government jobs post polls.
The Congress-led government had created these vacancies
and posts were filled hurriedly, allegedly violating the code
Now, youths are regularly seen roaming in premises of
various departments in the capital, to check out the fate of
their jobs following huge vacancies created in departments
like Health, Mining, Animal Husbandry, Public Works
Department, Urban development and others.