Modi Cabinet reshuffle: PMO to take final call on what junior ministers will work on

Deciding not to leave the functions of junior ministers to their Cabinet seniors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that he will take the call on allocation of business among Ministers of State (MoS).
Last week, the most senior secretaries of ministries where Ministers of State have been appointed were told to tabulate business in each department and send it to the Cabinet Secretariat for onward transmission to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Sources said the PMO has also conveyed to Cabinet Ministers that they must refrain from apportioning the departments without consulting the Prime Minister and this is why the junior ministers have not yet been handed their work charge. “We have been told that it has been kept in abeyance until the PM returns on July 11,” sources said.
The Prime Minister wants the junior ministers to be more involved in implementation of schemes.
During frequent meetings of the Council of Ministers, most junior members were found to be unaware of Cabinet decisions and their work progress, sources said.
The work allocation will also become their evaluation parameter for promotion or ouster from the Council of Ministers as was evident in the July 5 reshuffle where only one MoS — Prakash Javadekar — was promoted as Cabinet Minister but then removed from the economy-centric Environment Ministry to the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
After expanding his Council of Ministers in November 2014, the Prime Minister had asked Cabinet ministers to distribute work to their juniors. But the performance appraisal last month of several junior ministers showed that they were kept away from mainstream functions with Cabinet ministers hesitant in sharing policy assignments.

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