Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday prayed for the quick recovery of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who is suffering from an ailment that has severely affected his health since February 2018.
During a video address to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Goa’s Margao on Sunday, the PM hailed the 63-year-old former Defence Minister as the “architect of modern Goa”.
“I pray that my dear friend Manohar Ji, popular CM of Goa and architect of modern Goa, recovers soon,” the PM said.
Praising the Goa CM for working in spite of poor health, the PM said that Parrikar is an inspiration for all.
“He is working even in this condition and his passion towards work is inspirational for us,” he said.
The PM’s praise for Parrikar came on a question by a party worker.
Since last year, Parrikar has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York. He has been recuperating at his home in Goa since 14 October last year but is also handling official work.
On 17 December, he was photographed inspecting the half-constructed bridge over Mandovi river in his first public appearance since his discharge from hospital in Delhi.
Parrikar was seen accompanied by doctors and with a tube in his nose. He appeared to be walking with support as he discussed the progress of the work with officials of the Goa Infrastructure Development Corporation and contracting firm Larsen and Toubro.
Meanwhile, the PM said that the Centre will look at “judicial solutions” for Goa’s stalled mining sector.
“Goa’s economy is hinged on mining,” he said adding that the worry of the people working in the mining sector is natural.
“We will work out whatever judicial solutions there are for the problem,” PM Modi said.
The Supreme Court had in February 2018 banned iron ore extraction and quashed mining leases citing irregularities in renewal procedures.