Thursday, March 23, 2017

Govt gets down to business

Portfolios allotted to all ministers; Francis D’Souza moves from No 2 to No 4 in pecking order

21 Mar, 2017, 08:15PM IST

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Team Herald

PANJIM: Almost around a week after the swearing-in, Manohar Parrikar finally allotted the portfolios to his Cabinet ministers.
In the first round of allotment, the former Defence minister distributed just one portfolio to each minister.
Parrikar has retained the crucial ones like Finance, Home, Personnel, Vigilance, Transport departments with him. 
As expected, the PWD portfolio has been allotted to Sudin Dhavalikar, who is now number two in the Cabinet. 
Goa Forward’s Vijai Sardesai has been given  the responsibility of Town and Country Planning (TCP)  - a move which has already caused unease within the BJP cadres.
Former Dy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, who is now only a minister, has lost his two portfolios of TCP and Revenue and has retained Urban Development. Pandurang Madkaikar has been given Power. 
MGP's other minister Babu Azgaonkar has been surprisingly given the Tourism portfolio.
Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte, has been alloted the Revenue portfolio.
Goa Forward’s Vinod Paliencar has been given the Water Resources Department (WRD) - a portfolio held by his opponent Dayanand Narvekar in Parsekar cabinet.
GF’s third minister Jayesh Salgaonkar has been given the Housing with Housing Board.
Priol’s Independent MLA Govind Gaude has been given Art and Culture.
Parrikar, who has served as the chief minister of Goa thrice earlier, was elevated to the position of the Defence Minister in 2014. 
The Cabinet consists of 10 ministers, including Parrikar and notably has only 2 other BJP ministers.