Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar
on Friday distributed portfolios to all his five ministerial
colleagues, who were sworn in recently, retaining the charge
of key departments like Mining, Home and Education with him.
Public Works Department, Transport, River and Navigation
Department have been given to Ramakrishna Dhavalikar, a
legislator from ruling BJP ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party
Matanhy Saldanha, a BJP legislator, has been given
Tourism, Forest and Environment portfolios.
Saldanha was formerly a Tourism Minister in the
Parrikar cabinet before it was toppled in 2005.
Another BJP MLA Fransic D`Souza has been given Urban
Development, Revenue and Craftsman Training portfolios while
Laxmikant Parsekar has been given charge of Health, Panchayat
and Rural Development Agency (RDA) ministries.
Dayanand Mandrekar has been given Water Resources,
Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Departments.
Parrikar said the cabinet would be expanded after the
budget and ministers would be given additional portfolios
A formal letter, informing about the distribution of
portfolios, would be sent to Governor K Sankarnarayanan
tomorrow, the chief minister added.