Decision over holding weekly review meeting of the state cabinet ministers, in absence of chief minister, appears to be a farce as no meeting has been held after the first meeting on September 27.
It was announced by the ministers, who had attended the first meeting in the last week of September, that review meetings would be held every Wednesday, however, no such meeting has taken place for two consecutive Wednesdays that followed.
While attempting to show unity among the cabinet ministers in absence of the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently admitted in All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Delhi, at the meeting held on September 27, the Minister for Public Works Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar had announced that the review meeting of the cabinet ministers would be held every Wednesday.
When asked, PWD Minister Dhavalikar said that as some ministers are out of station the review meeting has been cancelled.
Interestingly, Dhavalikar had cited the same reason for cancelling the meeting on last Wednesday too.
Briefing media after the September 27 meeting, the group of ministers had vowed to run the state administration smoothly and efficiently in absence of the chief minister and informed that they had deliberated on how to go about with the proposals announced in the budget speech of 2018-19 by the chief minister.
However, after that particular meeting, the cabinet ministers of coalition government have failed to fulfil the announcement made by them. Moreover, except few, some ministers have stopped visiting secretariat on their weekly days.