Modi Ministry Reshuffle: 'P & N' Formula May Decide Fate of Ministers

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks for a Cabinet meeting at Parliament Library in New Delhi on Wednesday.

In the latest development, a slew of ministers in the Modi government-Uma Bharti, Nirmala Sitharaman, Rajiv Pratap Rudy among others - have resigned before the cabinet reshuffle which could happen any day. BJP sources said Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya too has been asked to put in his papers.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was also heading the Defence Ministry following the resignation of Manohar Parrikar, is likely to be relieved of his additional charge.

A reshuffle in the cabinet has been due for months now. Sources said the PM is so miffed with both his activities and non- performance as minister, that his rehabilitation in the BJP set-up may not be a smooth affair. A report card was prepared on the basis of this audit report which formed the basis of the reshuffle.

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In front of every minister's name, a "P" or "N" denomination has been placed.

While Piyush Goyal now looks after the Power and Energy ministry, Dharmendra Pradhan has Petroleum ministry. While Prakash Javadekar (minister of state with independent charge) was elevated to the Cabinet rank, 19 new faces were inducted as ministers of state.

The Kerala state BJP faction is in the expectation that It would get a minister at least this time. Railways minister Suresh Prabhu, who had offered to resign in the wake of recent train accidents could be on his way out too. He may get to handle Environment Ministry. He, besides party leaders P Venugopal and V Maitreyan, may be the likely representatives from the Tamil Nadu party if it decides to join the government. He said that though efforts to increase tax revenue were being made by the officers each year, the estimated amounts of tax, that should accrue to the system, were often not realised.

The ministers were also judged on how proactively and efficiently they set upon tasks assigned by the party, including the Sankalp Yatra, Tiranga Yatra, celebrations for the birth centenary of Deendayal Upadhyaya and "Teen Saal Bemisaal" programmes aimed at taking the government's schemes and achievements to the masses. He thus needs to weed out the dead wood from the government and infuse new blood in the cabinet. The last 20 meetings of PRAGATI have seen a cumulative review of 183 projects with a total investment of Rs 8.79 lakh crore, according to the PMO statement.Resolution of public grievances has also been reviewed in 17 sectors, it said.