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Parmesh Chand: Retiring from Top PSC Job

  Permanent Secretary for Public Service, Parmesh Chand’s name was not on the list of 11 permanent secretaries announced yesterday as part of the civil service reforms. The longest-serving permanent
19 Dec 2015 15:26
Parmesh Chand: Retiring from Top PSC Job
Outgoing Public Service Commission Permanent Secretary Parmesh Chand.

 

Permanent Secretary for Public Service, Parmesh Chand’s name was not on the list of 11 permanent secretaries announced yesterday as part of the civil service reforms.

The longest-serving permanent secretary in the current crop did not apply for the top job when it was advertised. He is retiring from the Public Service after his contract expires on December 31, following an illustrious civil service career.

He is to take up a role as Director of the University of the South Pacific-based Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA). Two other permanent secretaries not on the list were Savenaca Kaunisela (Ministry of iTaukei Affairs) and Inoke Wainiqolo (Fisheries & Forests).

Recognising Mr Chand’s service, Vishnu Mohan, chairman of the Public Service Commission commended the enormous contributions Mr Chand made to the work activities of the PSC and the public service as a whole.

He said Mr Chand had served for almost 12 years at that senior level.  He also served as Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister; Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs and Immigration; Permanent Secretary for Information and Permanent Secretary for Sugar.  He joined the civil service in early 2004 as chief executive officer of the Ministry of Public Enterprises and Public Sector Reform. He served during one of the most difficult periods in the wake of the 2006 takeover.

Mr Chand acknowledged Mr Mohan’s words of appreciation, saying that he was pleased to have been given the opportunity to work in the public service to serve the people of Fiji.  He said he enjoyed his various Permanent Secretary roles in the civil service and always endeavoured to go that “extra mile” in whoever he served.

On his new role as director of PICPA, Mr Chand said that it was a unique opportunity which would enable him to remain connected with Fijian public service as well as respective regional member countries.  PICPA is a specialist centre based at USP in Suva which responds to the needs and plans identified by Pacific Island Countries for strengthened public administration to improve service delivery to their people and foster economic growth. Mr Chand takes up his new role at PICPA on January 11, 2016.”

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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