Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who is keeping away from his official duties since few months due to illness, has started functioning from his office from the New Year day. After five months, when he visited his office in the Secretariat, he was received by ministerial coleagues, BJP MLAs, officials and also a large number of admirers.
Manohar Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment detected nearly 11 months ago and has not been to his office since August last year, was taken in his official vehicle to the state secretariat at around 10:30am.
The 63-year-old also held meetings with his Cabinet colleagues and officials at the Secretariat. He appeared relatively healthier than a few months ago, nonetheless remains weak and in need of assistance. He was also seen with a feeder tube protruding from one of his nostrils.
He was discharged from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on October 15 and remained confined to his private residence until he visited the site of an under-construction bridge on the Mandovi River near Panaji in mid-December.
Despite being confined to his home, Parrikar held sporadic meetings, including those of the cabinet, summoning ministers, officials and others to his residence. He was also holding cabinet meetings.
.Late last month, the Bombay High Court at Goa dismissed a petition filed by a local politician seeking “a medical evaluation of the chief minister by a team of expert doctors” and the release of the medical reports to the public citing overriding public interest and stakes in Parrikar’s health. The high court called the request a “violent invasion of the right of privacy of the chief minister.”.