Five ministers in Goa govt given portfolios
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Last Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012, 23:58
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 (MGP).

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 later on.

A formal letter, informing about the distribution of portfolios, would be sent to Governor K Sankarnarayanan tomorrow, the chief minister added.


First Published: Friday, March 16, 2012, 23:58

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