Panaji: Pratapsingh Rane, former Goa chief minister and Congress veteran, was accorded permanent status of a cabinet for his service to the coastal state.
Chief minister Pramod Sawant said the decision to accord him the honour was taken as Rane has completed 50 years as a legislator in the Goa Assembly during the current tenure. Rane, also a former speaker, currently represents the Poriem Assembly segment as a Congress MLA.
Talking to reporters, Mr Sawant said that the cabinet has decided to give status of a permanent cabinet minister to Mr Rane, who is a former chief minister and ex-speaker of the Goa legislative Assembly.
Our Government has decided to grant lifelong Cabinet status to the senior most legislator, Shri Pratapsingh Rane ji, for his great service to the State of Goa. He has held the topmost positions in the state as the Chief Minister and Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/K3qKbQ2vne
— Dr. Pramod Sawant (@DrPramodPSawant) January 6, 2022
The 87-year-old MLA had been the chief minister for four terms from 1987 till 2007 on different occasions.
Taking to Twitter, Mr Rane’s son, Vishwajit, who is the state’s health minister, said, “I am grateful to the Hon’ble Chief Minister @DrPramodPSawant and the entire cabinet for according a lifetime cabinet status to my father Shri Pratapsingh Raoji Rane. There is no greater way to honour his 50 years of public service as Chief Minister, Speaker and MLA.”
“This is a very special gesture. I thank Hon’ble CM @DrPramodPSawant for having conferred this recognition on my father. On behalf of the people of Sattari and Usgao, I express my gratitude to the Hon’ble Chief Minister and the entire cabinet,” he said in another tweet.