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Profile of Shri. Manohar G. Parrikar
Hon Chief Minister – State of Goa

Born in Mapusa - Goa, Manohar Parrikar graduated from IIT-Bombay in 1978 in Metallurgical Engineering. After graduating from IIT, he returned to his motherland - Goa and entered into manufacturing business. In 1988 he joined BJP and entered Goan politics and was elected member of Goa Legislative Assembly for the term 1994-2000. He became chief Minister of Goa for the first time in 2000 for the next five years.

He is the first IIT graduate to become a Chief Minister of any Indian State and is listed as one of the Famous Alumni of IIT-B. He brings a unique perspective of a technologist turned politician. He also has been awarded by IIT Bombay with Distinguished Alumnus Award 2001.

During his first tenure as the Chief Minister of Goa, he had a vision going beyond daily problems. He is credited with single handedly bringing the IFFI (International Film Festival of India) to Goa, and creating more international quality infrastructure in Goa for the event in a short time than any other former Government. IFFI now has become an annual fixture in Goan life, providing it the world attention.

Beyond the glamorous aspect of this accomplishment, he is credited with infrastructural works like construction of 14 major bridges across Goa, Construction of Bus stands, improvement in road network across Goa, construction of major district Hospitals at Mapusa & Canacona, major infrastructural improvement to existing facilities at Goa Medical College, a premier Hospital catering to entire Goa along with areas across the state areas like Sawantwadi & Karwar, etc.

Known to be a man of ethics and values, he has a vision to take Goa beyond its ‘sushegaad‘ image and has introduced many programs that uplifted the lives of many.

In his first term as CM, he is credited with bringing about innovative revolutionary society oriented social upliftment schemes that benefited spectrum of Goan population like :

  • Dayanand Samajik Suraksha Yojana (DSSY), which provides financial assistance to senior citizens, widows & specially abled persons by way of assured monthly pension,
  • Students Education by means of Interest Free Loans,
  • The Cyberage Scheme which provides computers to students thus ushering in a tech-ready student community
  • Kamdhenu scheme for increasing yield of Milk,
  • CM Rozgar Yojana (CMRY) for providing low interest loans to individuals to start their own enterprise, etc.
Acknowledging his pioneering work, which put Goa on path of development, he was conferred as ‘The Best Chief Minister’ in 2004 by a reputed weekly ‘India Today’ and also the Best Governed State in India for three years in a row in independent surveys of the Planning Commission of India and India Today.

During his stint as Leader of Opposition from 2005 to 2012, Mr. Manohar Parrikar & his other Bharatiya Janata Party team members proved their might by systematically putting forward various issues plaguing Goa and forced Government to promise action on Illegal Mining, Casinos, excise scam, deteriorating Law & Order conditions, misappropriation of Public Funds, Waste Management, etc.

After 7 years in constructive opposition, Mr. Manohar Parrikar won the heart of Goans who gave his thumping majority in Goa Legislative Assembly.

As a Chief Minister for the second term, he along with his council of ministers, has been feverishly working towards implementation of various beneficiary schemes like Ladli Lakshmi, Gruh Laxmi for housewives, unemployment allowance, Laptop/tabs for students, etc.

He has already implemented schemes to bring down cost of petrol as well as to distribute Laptop/tabs for students. His Government has also received permission for Lokayukta and is working towards establishment of a powerful & independent authority to ensure Zero Tolerance to Corruption.

He has had a multi-faceted life, growing up in Goa during its turbulent post-liberation political time and making a successful transition as a well respected politician into new millennium.

He can relate to the past and equally articulate the present and the future vision. He is an accomplished speaker and with a wealth of experience of making speeches in a wide variety of forums, addressing different audiences from all walks of life.

He is also a Member of the National Executive Committee of BJP. He is an avid reader and his favorite pastime is watching cricket and movies.

Widely respected even amongst his rivals, his personal integrity is beyond doubt, a rare attribute in politics. Known to be a man of action and principles, Mr. Parrikar is known as Mr. Clean in Goa.