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Parrikar forms Council of Ministers to run government in his absence

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Before heading for a check up in Mumbai, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday appointed three senior cabinet ministers in-charge of the administration of the state and assured that he would be conducting cabinet meetings via video-conferencing.

Since morning, the chief minister held series of meetings with his cabinet colleagues who included Town and Country Planning Minister Vijay Sardessai and Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza. He also called Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister P Krishnamurthy at his residence and instructed them on urgent and important matters.

The committee, which will take administrative decisions, comprised Mr Sardessai, Mr D’Souza and Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, who is in New Delhi.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the Chief Minister, Goa Arts and Culture Minister Govind Gaude said the three-member team would have power to sancation works upto Rs 5 crore and each minister would have power to sanction work contracts upto Rs 50 lakh.

“He has also told some ministers, who met him today, that cabinet meetings would be conducted via video conference,” he said.

While Francis D’Souza is from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Sardessai is President of Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Dhavalikar belongs to Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP). Both MGP and GFP are coalition partners in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in the state.

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Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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