According to a Navhind Times report, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo met the ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi on Sunday, where the latter is undergoing treatment for his pancreatic ailment.
Asking Lobo to stand by him, Parrikar during this meeting advised Lobo to maintain restraint and have a little patience before all his issues, including advertising available government jobs, are tackled.
“Today, during my meeting with the Chief Minister, he told me to spare him some time since he is recuperating, and assured that he will do the needful about the employment issue soon,” Lobo added, pointing out that he had gone to meet Parrikar after being told telephonically to do so by Parrikar himself.
On October 5, Lobo had stated that the government was not doing enough to make its jobs available to the youth.
Speaking to the Navhind Times on Sunday, Lobo said that although Parrikar is a little weak he is responding to the treatment and stable.
The Deputy Speaker said, “I told the Chief Minister about the rising restlessness in the public minds about the state administration, and requested him about the immediate need to do away this uneasiness.”
“I also told him about many of the minor public works, which are pending, and the requirement to expedite them,” he noted, maintaining, “I further impressed upon him the need for the necessary orders to come from the government departments to complete administrative works, in turn meeting the public expectations.”
Lobo stated that he spoke to Parrikar about the need to restart mining activities in Goa as soon as possible.
“I told him that the central government should come out with related necessary amendments before the code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections comes into force, or else the process would gets delayed till the new Union government comes to power after the Lok Sabha polls, and by then the monsoon will begin.
“I am Parrikar’s colleague in the state legislative assembly as well as the member of his party, and he is my Chief Minister,” the Deputy Speaker said, pointing out, “the Chief Minister told me to stand by him.”
“And I told him that I have always been with him, and there is no question of leaving him,” Lobo informed, stating that he convinced the Chief Minister about the importance of handling and clearing public issues.
Lobo returned to Goa in the Sunday evening.