Goa CM Manohar Parrikar travels to the US for further treatment

The Goa CM had visited Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai and is on leave for six weeks last Monday onwards, seeking a medical leave for his further treatment at New York's Memorial Sloan Catering Cancer Center

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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar (62) left for The United States of America on Wednesday for further treatment. According to sources, Parrikar will be admitted to New York's Memorial Sloan Catering Cancer Center. He had visited Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai on Monday again due to pancreatic discomfort

After a subsequent consultation with a team of doctors in Goa as well as Mumbai, he was advised to travel overseas for specialist expert treatment of his medical condition.

Before flying to the US, Parrikar had written to governor Mridula Sinha stating down his move. In his absence, the Cabinet Advisory Committee has been formed to guide the state administration. This committee includes Francis D'Souza (BJP), Sudin Dhavalkar (Magoop) and Vijay Sardesai (Goa Forward Party). Separate ministries are expected to update the CM through video conferencing, every Wednesday.

This committee will hold a meeting once a week, after which it will guide the administration. The decision of the financial affairs will be finalised from the finance department. Parrikar will be present as the Chairman of this committee through video conferencing. “In my absence, cabinet ministers will preside these meetings. The Chief Secretary will be informed about this,” Parrikar mentioned in his letter.

Parrikar is on leave for six weeks Monday, March 6 onwards. In a video message late in the evening on Monday he had thanked Goans for their prayers as he sought a medical leave.

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