Day after return from US, Goa CM visits temples, chairs meet

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Jun 2018 10:11:34



GOA Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday resumed work at his office in the State Secretariat, a day after returning from the US, where he underwent treatment for a pancreatic ailment for three months. The CM started his day with a visit to the Devki Krishna temple at Khandola village in North Goa, 15 kms away from Panaji, to seek blessings of the deity, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said. Devki Krishna is the family deity of Parrikar. The Chief Minister then drove back to Panaji, where he visited the Mahalaxmi temple. Thereafter, he went to his office in the State Secretariat at Porvorim on the outskirts of Panaji, where he chaired a meeting of senior bureaucrats and police officers to take stock of the law and order situation in Goa. The meeting was attended by senior officials, including State Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma and DGP Muktesh Chandar.

State Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai, of the Goa Forward Party, who met Parrikar on Friday said that the CM would be holding a Cabinet meeting on Monday. “The CM told me that he would be holding a State Cabinet meeting on Monday (June 18). A discussion was also held on having the monsoon session of the Legislative Assembly, tentatively, from July 19 onwards. The session would be for 12 days,” Sardesai told reporters on Friday. Sardesai added that he had advised Parrikar to take care of his health and to not overwork.

MGP legislator Dipak Pawaskar, who represents the iron ore rich Sanvordem constituency, said that Parrikar had told him that a meeting to discuss the State’s mining woes would be held on Monday or Tuesday.  “I met the CM at around 3.30 pm. Our discussions centred around mining, protection of miners and financial help to truck owners who are part of mining sector,” Pawaskar said.