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Cosmetic changes in Cabinet Portfolio Re-Shuffle

While most ministers retained all their major portfolios, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, retained the lion’s share of major portfolios such as mining, home, finance, vigilance, agriculture, TCP, education and distributed most of his less important portfolios to his cabinet colleagues.

As announced earlier, Chief Minister has ensured that all ministers share at least three portfolios each. Without responding to any questions on the reshuffle, Parrikar expressed that even as the portfolios are allotted before the assembly session, the formal notification would be issued only after October 18, the last day of the session.

“We have realized that the questions are answered by respective ministers. It would not be right to make new minister to answer them (now),” he said.

The cabinet reshuffle ahead of the assembly session had triggered discontent amongst few ministers, as their colleagues had begun eyeing plum portfolios. From the reshuffle it appears that Chief Minister has ensured that his colleagues are happy by not making any major changes.

The Chief Minister has distributed his minor portfolios including Information Technology and NRI to Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, Captain of Ports to Laxmikant Parsekar, Archives to Ramesh Tawadkar, Archeology to Dayanand Mandrekar, Handicraft and Legal Metrology to Mahadev Naik, Protocol to Dilip Parulekar, Information & Publicity and Printing & Stationary to Milind Naik and Museum to Alina Saldanha.

Craftsman training, which was earlier with Francis D’Souza is been now handed over to Deepak Dhavalikar while Rural and Development Agency (RDA) is been handed over to Avertano Furtado from Parsekar.

Parrikar has also retained General Administration, Personnel and taken over Housing from Milind Naik. PWD minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar has been handed Non Conventional Energy.

Sources close to BJP say that the distribution of portfolio has not brought much joy to many ministers, who were expecting some major changes. Minister Avertano Furtado had revived his demand of Sports portfolio while Francis D’Souza was vying for the Town and Country Planning portfolio.

Water Resources Minister Dayanand Mandrekar was also eyeing for Agriculture. Even MGP’s Deepak Dhavalikar had lobbied for Social Welfare

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