Disinvestment Shadow On Cabinet Reshuffle

New Delhi, January 28: | Updated: Jan 29 2003, 05:30am hrs
The disinvestment imbroglio is expected to cast its shadow on the reshuffle of the Union Cabinet, with Union finance minister Jaswant Singh expected to take additional charge of the disinvestment ministry.

Dr Arun Shourie may be retained as Union commerce minister. A final decision on whether to delink industries from commerce and merge it with company affairs was yet to be taken, according to informed political circles.

If this is done, Dr Shourie would only be commerce minister and a new minister for industries and company affairs may be appointed.

It has already been reported that petroleum and natural gas minister Ram Naik, the third important player in the disinvestment drama, may also find himself in a new job.

While several factors are expected to shape the reshuffle scheduled for Wednesday, the shadow of the disinvestment controversy looms large in the musical chairs being played out in key economic ministries.