Portfolios to new ministers next week; Chief Minister asserts that government will be stable
PANJIM: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday expanded his cabinet with the induction of two more ministers – Vishwajit Rane and Mauvin Godinho – increasing the strength of the cabinet to 12.
Former Congress Valpoi MLA and recent BJP induct Rane is slated to contest the by-polls soon, while Godinho is MLA from Dabolim.
Goa Governor Dr Mridula Sinha administered the oath of office and secrecy to Rane and Godinho. Both Ministers will be allocated portfolios next week. Rane is likely to get Health and Information Technology and Godinho is slated to get Panchayats.
Speaking to media persons after the swearing-in ceremony, Parrikar said there were two vacant cabinet berths which he filled today. “They both are BJP leaders. One is a MLA and the other will be contesting on a party ticket soon,” he said. “My government is going to be a stable government and there is no doubt about it,” the Chief Minister said.
Parrikar said the portfolio allocation to the new ministers and additional portfolios to other ministers would be done by Monday or Tuesday, next week. “Nearly 75 percent of my staff is going on leave from Thursday since there is long weekend due to the public holiday on Friday (Good Friday). Hence it will take time to draft and get it signed by the Governor,” he said.
Addressing the media, Godinho said it’s an excellent opportunity to work with a ‘tall leader’ like Parrikar, who has served as the country’s Defence Minister. “He preferred to come down to Goa and serve his people. This itself shows his love for the State and its people,” he said.
“Good things will happen in Goa under Parrikar’s leadership. We need a lot of financial support from the Central government for development and implementation of social welfare schemes and only Parrikar can deliver this,” Godinho said, adding that he has no expectation of any portfolio.
On the other hand, Rane said he will work under the guidance and directions of the Chief Minister, the BJP and their agenda. “It is the Chief Minister’s prerogatives to decide on the portfolio; but I will do my best to give justice to the portfolio that will be allotted to me. I will work within the framework of the Chief Minister,” he said.
Parrikar, was sworn in for the fourth time as Chief Minister on March 14 along with nine ministers. He has so far allotted one portfolio to each of the ministers.
The other cabinet ministers are Francis D’Souza (Urban Development), Pandurang Madkaikar (Power), Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar (PWD), Manohar (Babu) Azgaonkar (Tourism), Vijai Sardesai (Town and Country Planning), Vinod Paliencar (Water Resources Department), Jayesh Salgaonkar (Housing Board), Rohan Khaunte (Revenue) and Govind Gaude (Art and Culture).
Speaker Pramod Sawant, Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo, Ministers Dhavalikar, Sardesai, Azgaonkar, Khaunte, Madkaikar, Gaude, Salgaonkar, ruling MLAs, BJP party President Vinay Tendulkar and office-bearers were amongst those present. D’Souza and MLA Nilesh Cabral were not part of the ceremony.