Herald: Files take the long route from Porvorim to Panjim via New York
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Files take the long route from Porvorim to Panjim via New York

31 Aug 2018 05:38am IST

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31 Aug 2018 05:38am IST

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Earlier this year two officers travelled to USA with files to be cleared by the Chief Minister

PANJIM: Since March 2018, files from the Goa Secretariat have probably taken the longest possible route – via New York to return.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who was receiving treatment in New York’s Sloan Kettering Research Centre from March till June cleared files from the hospital. During that time two officers, first Upendra Joshi and later Rupesh Kamat, visited New York with important files for the Chief Minister’s consent.

Earlier this month, CM had again visited US for consultation. The visit had lasted nearly 12 days and the CM cleared important issues via emails.

The CM returned to Goa last week, however, just when it looked things would change and the administration would gain momentum again, the CM’s health deteriorated and he has been rushed to the US again.

Though the party says this visit will be for seven days there is some uncertainty regarding the period. The Chief Minister’s Office in the past has proffered several dates for his return, which were extended every time.

Interestingly, Principal Secretary to the CM, P Krishnamurthy, who ran the show in the CM’s absence, is himself on sick leave and Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma had to cancel his official trip to US due to the CM’s sudden sickness.

As one MLA put it, “Every file from Porvorim to Panjim has to take the route via New York.” Hilarious though it may sound, this is the sad reality.

Though the Chief Minister and the BJP said no files have been kept pending, sources in the party and the government feel otherwise.

Alliance partner Vijai Sardesai has admitted that there has been impact on the administration but refuses to speak further saying it is understandable.

Sources reveal there have been under-currents in the BJP and the government itself. “The general opinion is that until the CM is fit and fine someone else must take over and guide the cabinet,” sources said.

Several key issues in the State need to be tackled which include the Regional Plan, mining resumption but with nobody to lead everything is just static.




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