A frail looking Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar attended his office at the state secretariat in Panaji on Tuesday for the first time in last four months. Parrikar who has been suffering from a pancreatic ailment had visited hospitals in Mumbai and the US for treatment last year and last attended office in August, 2018.
The 63-year-old leader, with medical appendage, got down from his car at the main gate of the secretariat at around 10:45 am, smiled at people, and walked inside the secretariat building.
Hundreds of BJP workers who had gathered outside the complex cheered when Parrikar arrived. He was formally welcomed by BJP MLAs, including Legislative Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant, ministers Mauvin Godinho, Milind Naik, Nilesh Cabral and former MLA Kiran Kandolkar.
Sources from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said Parrikar held a meeting with officials of the Personnel department to review existing vacancies and other issues like promotions and transfers that needed urgent attention. He also met staff of his office, they said.
In the first public appearance since his return from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi in October, the chief minister had last month inspected the work on new bridges over the Mandovi and the Zuari rivers near Panaji. He had met Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu last week to discuss various developmental works. He also discussed with the minister the Centre's plan to make Goa an investment destination.
Since his discharge from AIIMS, Parrikar has been recuperating at his private residence at Dona Paula near Panaji.
(With inputs from PTI)