Parrikar's health has improved but concern continues

New Delhi, Oct 15: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's health has improved and doctors have advised him rest for a week, his office in Panaji said on Monday.Parrikar, 62, returned to Panaji on Sunday by a special flight from New Delhi, where he underwent treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for pancreatic ailment.After landing in Goa, he was taken to his private residence at Dona Paula near here, where a team of doctors from the state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital have put up a make-shift medical facility."Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's condition has improved further. He had a chat with his family members this morning," Rupesh Kamat, personal secretary to the chief minister, said in a statement."Doctors have advised him to take rest for a week," he added.Earlier in the day, a senior official in the CMO said that the chief minister has been following the line of treatment prescribed by doctors at AIIMS."Parrikar is at home and is being taken care by a team of doctors from the GMCH," he said.Parrikar, ailing since mid-February, has been treated at different hospitals, including those in Goa, Mumbai and the US.On Friday, Parrikar had met Goa Bharatiya Janata Party's core committee members and ministers from coalition partners at the AIIMS in Delhi to discuss ways to ensure that his government functions normally during his absence from office due to ill health.Leaders of the ruling BJP and its allies, who met Parrikar separately, had ruled out any change in leadership in the coastal state.The core committee is the BJP's key decision-making body in Goa, comprising senior leaders like Parrikar, Union minister Shripad Naik and party state chief Vinay Tendulkar, among others.  The Bharatiya Janata Party core committee in Goa will meet Monday to discuss the political situation in the state, a senior party leader said.The discussions have been planned a day after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar returned to Goa from New Delhi where he was undergoing treatment for pancreatic ailment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)."The state core committee will meet today and discuss the current political situation in Goa," the leader said.The core committee is the BJP's key decision-making body in Goa, comprising senior leaders Parrikar, Union minister Shripad Naik, Lok Sabha MP Narendra Sawaikar and party state chief Vinay Tendulkar, among others.BJP legislator and power minister Nilesh Cabral Sunday said, "We hope that he recovers fast. I think it must be his personal decision to come back to Goa. When I met him last time, he spoke well."State civil supplies minister and Independent MLA Govind Gawade, who is supporting the Parrikar-led coalition, said the chief minister should have stayed back at AIIMS for some more time and fully recovered before returning to Goa."But we welcome him back. Goa was missing its leader," he added.Parrikar was Sunday morning discharged from the AIIMS, where he was admitted on September 15, and was flown in a special flight to Goa.He was later taken to his private residence in an ambulance.Parrikar had Friday met Goa BJP's core committee members and ministers from coalition partners at AIIMS to discuss ways to ensure his government functions normally during his absence from office due to ill health.Leaders of the ruling BJP and its allies, who met Parrikar separately, had ruled out any change in leadership