If sources are to be believed, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is “very happy” with the performance of highways minister, Nitin Gadkari, and has decided against tinkering with his portfolio in Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday. PM Modi and BJP chief, Amit Shah, had earlier toyed with the idea of moving Gadkari to the rail ministry. Sources said that it is a plan, that is said to have been dumped.
A performance review of ministers was carried out ahead of Sunday’s reshuffle. This helped Gadkari, who had managed to get an impressive review of his work.
His performance was classified as “positive” or “negative”, there was no other grading. He has topped the performance charts in the reviews carried out by PM Modi in the past too. Gadkari wasn’t keen to take the additional responsibility.
The ministers were not only judged on the performance of their departments but also how efficiently they set upon tasks assigned by the party to take schemes and achievements to the people.
At least half-a-dozen ministers did not make the grade. Union Minister Kalraj Mishra, who is on his way out, however, insisted he wasn’t outed for his performance but age. “I am 77 now and offered to step down,” he told NDTV.