Goa State, formerly a Portuguese Colony, a Popular boozing Tourist Beach State, on the Western Coast of India, seems to be terribly, at least politically terribly sick. What else? Goa's Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar is undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. He has also gone to United States for improved treatment, and come back. He is yet to resume functioning on a full scale. Goa's Urban Development Minister BJP's Mr. Francis De Souza is undergoing treatment in United States. Mr. Pandurang Madkaikar, Power Minister has suffered a brain stroke and is receiving treatment in Mumbai. The ailing Mr. Manohar Parrikar, ignoring his own sickness, sacked the other two Ailing Ministers, citing their sickness as reason. What a Great Policy of Disaster Management in BJP?
One Policy in Delhi and another Policy in Goa?
In Delhi, the Nation's Capital,when Mr. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister fell sick, an interim arrangement was made by giving charge to Mr. Piyush Goyal, Railway Minister.
When Ms. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs fell sick, her work was done by Minister of State in External Affairs.
Both these steps were reasonable, considering that leaders falling sick is a natural phenomenon, and nothing can be done except temporary alternative arrangements are made. While making alternative arrangements, wherever possible, the consent of the Ailing Ministers are to be taken. I believe that this has been in case of Union Ministers.
But this type of courteous humane arrangements do not appear to have been made in Goa
If the ailing Goa Ministers are in a speaking condition with consciousness, have they been, at least for courtesy sake consulted? If not, have their relatives been informed?
Notwithstanding the Upper limit on the Number of Ministers in State prescribed by Supreme Court, in view of the Special Circumstances, two additional Ministers could have been inducted into the Cabinet to temporarily handle the port folios of the ailing Ministers, with an informal understanding that they will have to resign when the ailing ministers resign, or that they will be allocated some other portfolios. This is the humane way of approaching Contingencies in Cabinet.
Arbitrarily, unilaterally sacking two ailing Ministers, when the Chief Minister himself is ailing, the BJP Government not only acted apathetically and callously, but also gave scope to be ridiculed.
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