Panaji: Goa government on Wednesday executed major bureaucratic reshuffle including appointing a new officer to handle crucial Directorate of Mines and Geology department.
As per the order by Department of Personnel, Arvind Budge has been transferred as Director of Mines and Geology shunting out Ashutosh Apte who was holding the charge.
The transfer attains significance as state government as Supreme court recently had allowed the mining firms to sell royalty paid ore.
Chief minister Pramod Sawant had said that the department was getting ready to facilitate selling of the ore, which will be the first step towards resumption of mining activity in the state which have come to standstill since last two years.
Apte has been transferred to the post of Inspector General of Prisons with additional charge of Managing Director, Goa State SC and OBC Finance Commission.
Earlier last year, Apte was brought in replacing controversial officer Prasanna Acharya, who have been indicted by Lokayukta, last month for being involved in illegal renewal of mining leases.
In yet another significant transfer, Commissioner of Commercial Taxes Deepak Bandekar has been transferred as Director of Industries, Trade and Commerce Department.
Derrick P Neto has been transferred as Managing Director of Goa Industrial Development Corporation with additional charge of Managing Director, Goa Human Resource Development Corporation.
Viresk Arlekar, who was awaiting posting has been given charge as Director of Settlement and Land Records.
S V Naik has been transferred as Managing Director of Goa Education Development Corporation.
Neetal Amonkar has been transferred as Secretary, Goa Human Rights Commission.