PM Modi to rejig cabinet, may drop non-performers

August 1, 2017 NATIONAL 271 Views
PM Modi to rejig cabinet, may drop non-performers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may trigger a rejig of his cabinet in mid-August in which he may drop some of the non-performers from his team and include new faces.
According to insiders, PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have had discussions over cabinet reshuffle with an aim at 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Four major ministries, including the crucial defence department, is without dedicated minister. After Manohar Parrikar moved to his home state Goa, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was given the additional responsibility of defence.
Speculations are also rife that PM Modi may reward the Janata Dal United with a cabinet berth after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s move to dump RJD and Congress and join hands with BJP again.
PM Modi had last reshuffled his cabinet in July, 2016. HRD minister Smriti Irani was shifted to textiles and Sadananda Gowda was moved to the statistics ministry from law. Smriti Irani is now with Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
M Venkaiah Naidu’s almost certain election as the next vice president will leave two heavyweight portfolios without a cabinet minister.
Two key ministries-defence and environment-are without a full-time minister. Finance minister Arun Jaitley and science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan are holding the additional charge of these two portfolios respectively.
Naidu, whose candidature as the NDA’s vice presidential candidate, was incharge of the ministries of information and broadcasting and urban development.

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