Hridayesh has been authorised by the Chief Minister to take important decisions after holding consultations while he is away, Rawat's media in-charge Surendra Kumar said.

This has been done for the sake of administrative convenience so that important decisions are not held up in the Chief Minister's absence, he said.

All matters in which inter-ministerial advice and parleys are required will be disposed of by Hridayesh through proper consultations with her ministerial colleagues and the Chief Secretary, Kumar said.

The senior most member in Rawat's Cabinet, Hridayesh holds a number of portfolios including Finance and Parliamentary Affairs.

Rawat had suffered a neck injury during a rough chopper ride to Delhi over a week ago.

The aircraft had run into clouds and the Chief Minister, who had not fastened his seat belt properly, had hit its ceiling hurting himself in the neck.

He is recuperating at AIIMS since then.


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