New Delhi, June 13: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is in the US for treatment of a pancreatic ailment, will return to the state this week, a senior official said. Parrikar was hospitalised at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on February 15 following mild pancreatitis problems and was discharged from there on February 22. Also Read - US Announces $150 Million For H-1B Workforce Training Programme

“The chief minister will return to the state this week though the exact date was yet to be confirmed,” a senior official in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said. He said the CMO was making arrangements for Parrikar’s return. Also Read - US Has The Most Powerful Weapons Ever Produced, Says Trump; Hopes He Will Never Have to Use Them

The chief minister would be arriving from the USA to Mumbai and then from there by another flight to Goa,” he said. Also Read - China Has no Intention to Fight Either 'Cold War' or 'Hot War' With Any Country: Xi Jinping

Parrikar, 62, was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on February 15 and discharged on February 22. On the same day he returned to Goa and presented the Budget in the assembly, but the session was truncated to only four days owing to his illness.  He was later admitted to Goa Medical College and Hospital after he suffered from dehydration.

Before leaving Goa, Parrikar had formed a cabinet advisory committee to guide the state administration on governance and other issues, in his absence.

The committee comprises Sudin Dhavalikar (of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party), Francis D’Souza (of the BJP) and Vijai Sardesai (of the Goa Forward Party).

In 2017 election, the BJP lost the Goa Assembly polls with 13 seats to the Congress’ 17 in the 40-seat Assembly. But governor in a controversial breach of convention invited BJP for forming the government. Currently, the BJP has 14 MLAs in the Assembly, and the Congress 16. The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party have three MLAs each, and there are three Independents and one Nationalist Congress Party MLA.

(With agency inputs)