The much awaited cabinet rejig happened without much ado
The much awaited cabinet rejig happened without much ado. Cabinet reshuffle after one or two years by any PM or CM is routine and it is aimed at weeding out non-performers and inducting new faces to give a new look to the government. The message in the reshuffle of the ministry is loud that non-performers are either demoted or smoked out. The elevation of Prakash Javadekar is well-deserved. It can be viewed as reward for his good performance. At the same time Smriti Irani has been pushed to textile ministry. In fact Irani’s performance as HRD minister was not dismal. But controversy surrounded her. Different people are drawing their own interpretations for shunting out Irani from HRD. Notable example is Kanhaiya Kumar, faced with sedition charges, views her shifting as an attempt to deflect the attention from Rohith Vemula issue. Regarded as Advani-loyalist, Ananth Kumar has proved that he has the knack of adjusting to new conditions and new arrangements. Prime Minister Modi has made it amply clear that he means more business than rhetoric or empty talks. Scam-free two years of the Modi government deserves applause, but still there are three more years left. The same culture has to be maintained by all the ministers to keep the image of the government clean. It is true that this is not time to celebrate the induction of new ministers. People’s needs and aspirations have to be met with. The task cut out for the new ministers is to perform with the speed Modi expects.
KV Seetharamaiah, Hassan, Karnataka