Min­is­te­rial panel formed in Mah for de­ci­sions in CM’s ab­sence

■ The com­mit­tee mem­bers are Rev­enue Min­is­ter Chan­drakant Patil, Min­is­ter for Fi­nance and Plan­ning Sud­hir Mun­gan­ti­war, and Min­is­ter for Wa­ter Re­sources Girish Ma­ha­jan

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MA­HA­RASH­TRA Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis, who is on a week-long for­eign tour, has set up a three-mem­ber min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee to take de­ci­sions in case of any emer­gency in his ab­sence.

The com­mit­tee has been as­signed pow­ers to take de­ci­sions dur­ing an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion when the Chief Min­is­ter is out of the coun­try on an official tour, said an or­der is­sued by the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion De­part­ment of the State Govern­ment.

The or­der comes at a time when Fad­navis is on a tour of the US and Canada from June 9 to 15. The com­mit­tee mem­bers are Rev­enue Min­is­ter Chan­drakant Patil, Min­is­ter for Fi­nance and Plan­ning Sud­hir Mun­gan­ti­war, and Min­is­ter for Wa­ter Re­sources Girish Ma­ha­jan.

Mun­gan­ti­war said the com­mit­tee has been formed so that the bu­reau­crats con­sider the de­ci­sions taken by it as those of the chief min­is­ter.

“There needed to be a mech­a­nism in place to make ur­gent in­ter­ven­tions and take im­me­di­ate de­ci­sions when the chief min­is­ter is not around. Hence, the panel was formed,” Mun­gan­ti­war told PTI.

Cit­ing an ex­am­ple, he said re­cently farm­ers had gone on a strike in the state which needed im­me­di­ate in­ter­ven­tion.

There could be other such in­ci­dents which re­quire im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion from the Govern­ment, the min­is­ter said.

“To mit­i­gate loss of time in the ab­sence of the chief min­is­ter, the de­ci­sions taken by this com­mit­tee will be con­sid­ered fi­nal,” Mun­gan­ti­war said.

In­ter­est­ingly, Goa Chief Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar, who is un­der­go­ing treat­ment in the US for some pan­cre­atic prob­lem, too has formed a min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee to look af­ter af­fairs of the State in his ab­sence. THE Supreme Court’s nod to the Cen­tre for re­sum­ing reser­va­tion in pro­mo­tion will be ap­pli­ca­ble to jobs in the Union Govern­ment as well as States, Min­is­ter Ram Vi­las Paswan told re­porters fol­low­ing a high-level meet­ing on Wed­nes­day.

“There was some con­fu­sion fol­low­ing queries as to whether the court’s di­rec­tion will be ap­pli­ca­ble only to Cen­tral Govern­ment jobs. There is no con­fu­sion now. The Cen­tre as well as States will start pro­mot­ing em­ploy­ees,” Paswan said.

A group of Min­is­ters, which in­clude Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh, Law Min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad, So­cial Jus­tice and Em­pow­er­ment Min­is­ter Thaawarc­hand Gehlot and Paswan, among oth­ers met ear­lier in the day to dis­cuss the is­sue, Cab­i­net Min­is­ter Ram Vi­las Paswan said.

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