We assert that no such acting appointment can be made even on a temporary basis. His appointment is unprecedented. The only other legitimate way he could be appointed is by way of an 'Adviser or Consultant' but not as Permanent Secretary by Sitiveni Rabuka.
In Chand's case, he is disqualified from being considered as an applicant for a permanent appointment in the public service (and especially as a Permanent Secretary of the Public Service) for anyone who is a failed candidate in any national elections.
GO BACK TO YOUR LECTURE NOTES, PARMESH CHAND:
We are shocked that after he resigned from the PSC, he learnt nothing as the Director of Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration. He is also credited as having led the design and change management of a number of major public sector reform programs.
“He came to see me this morning and tendered his resignation which is being considered..He did not give any reason for his resignation which has been handed to the permanent secretary for processing," said PSC permanent secretary Taina Tagicakibau
"At the moment we’ll be looking at the appointment of someone from within (the interim PM’s office) to act in his (Mr Chand’s) place,” said PSC Rishi Ram.
Fijileaks: Like 15 years ago, the recent Acting appointment of Chand should have come from within the Ministry.
*In other words, there should have been an advertisement and consideration and approval by the PSC then police clearance before final endorsement by Sitiveni Rabuka.
*Here they are obviously trying to push the cart before the horse which is unprecedented. *Why don’t they simply maintain Susan Kiran to continue to act as Secretary PSC and Secretary to Cabinet (for next 30 days or so or assign another incumbent PS from another Ministry to act at PSC) until due process has been completed in the case of Chand's application?
*In Chand's case, he is disqualified from being considered as an applicant for a permanent appointment in the public service (and especially as a Permanent Secretary of the Public Service) for anyone who is a failed candidate in any national elections.
That is why it is mandatory for all civil servants to resign from the civil service if or should they offer themselves as candidates for national elections either standing for a political party or as an independent. This is based on the principle that civil servants must be politically neutral and independent at all times.
SILENT AS A LAMB (CHOP)