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Deosaran resigns from Police Service Commission
Prof Ramesh Deosaran has resigned as a member and chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).
The Office of the President said in a release this afternoon that Deosaran had written a letter to the President dated August 1 which was received on August 6 and which said his resignation would take effect on September 1.
In his letter of resignation, Deosaran is quoted as saying, “As chairman, I have ensured that the constitutionally required appointments of Commissioner (Acting) and Deputy Commissioner (Acting) of Police have been properly done last month so as to help ensure stability at the executive level of the Police Service.
“The multi-sectoral review team which I chaired had submitted its report since March 2013 proposing the required reforms to the administrative and legislative framework within which the Police Service Commission (PSC) now operates.
“You will recall, Mr President, when, as the Review Team’s chairman, I presented this report to you, I explained the extent to which the current framework prevents the PSC from executing its constitutional mandate with the required efficiency and effectiveness. I understand the Executive is giving this matter its attention.
“With the co-operation and support of members of the PSC, and based on past experience, the appraisal framework is being strengthened.
“In other words, Mr President, I have so far tried my best to execute my duty as well as to help bring the required reforms to the Commission.
“I have served the commission for three years and four months. May I express my deep appreciation for the goodwill and confidence you have bestowed on me.”
President Carmona, who returned from vacation late Tuesday evening, received the letter on arrival at office this morning and has accepted Deosaran’s resignation, the release said.