Mumbai: Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar allotted portfolios to eight ministers in his cabinet on Monday, seven days after they were sworn in.
Parrikar holds as many as six portfolios—home, finance, personnel, general administration department, vigilance and transport.
Since this is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government supported by two smaller parties and independents, Parrikar has had to reward allies with key portfolios.
Sudin Dhavalikar of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) has been given the important public works department while Goa Forward Party (GFP)’s Vijay Sardesai gets town and country planning.
BJP’s Francis D’souza, who was deputy chief minister in the previous government, has been given the urban development department, a portfolio he held even earlier.
MGP’s Manohar Azgaonkar has been given tourism and independent Rohan Khaunte the revenue ministry. Pandurang Madkaikar, who quit the Congress party and joined the BJP just ahead of elections, has been rewarded with the energy ministry.
Another independent, Govind Gawade, is minister for art and culture. GFP’s Vinod Talyekar and Jayesh Salgaonkar have been allotted the water resources and housing departments respectively.