Written byRamya Patelkhana
Goa CM Manohar Parrikar will go to Mumbai today for a health check-up and if needed, may even go abroad for further treatment, his office said.
Before heading to Mumbai, he called a meeting of his government's senior ministers at his private residence in Dona Paula near Panaji and formed a cabinet advisory committee to take administrative decisions in his absence.
Parrikar was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on 15 February where he received treatment for a pancreatic ailment. He was discharged on 22 February, and on the same day attended a session of the Goa Legislative Assembly, where he presented the budget and also made a brief speech.
The session was, however, truncated to four days owing to Parrikar's illness.
On 25 February, Parrikar was admitted to Goa Medical College and Hospital after he suffered mild dehydration. He was discharged from the hospital on 1 March.
"Today, the chief minister is traveling to Mumbai for further medical checkup and based on the doctor's advice may travel overseas for further treatment," the Chief Minister's office said in a statement issued here.
Ahead of his Mumbai visit, Parrikar met senior Ministers, Sudin Dhavalikar of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Francis D'Souza of the BJP, and Vijai Sardesai of Goa Forward Party (GFP).
The CM formed a cabinet advisory committee comprising Sardesai, Dhavalikar, and D'Souza, to advise the state administration on important matters and financial sanctions, Sardesai said.
MGP and GFP are allies of the BJP-led Goa Government.
"Financial sanctions of more than Rs. 50 lakh would be cleared by this (cabinet advisory) committee. The mechanism has been worked out to avoid paralysis of the administration in the chief minister's absence," the GFP leader Vijai Sardesai said.
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