Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday defended the reshuffle of the Delhi Cabinet saying it was intended to infuse more enthusiasm to all those working in the government.
Rubbishing claims that the reshuffle was meant to cut her detractors down to size,Dikshit said the rejig was meant only to improve government functioning.
Dikshit said she had erred in the distribution of portfolios earlier this year. It was a mistake on my part last time that some ministers were over-burdened with departments and some others were handed lighter portfolios, she said.
She said the reshuffle was to redistribute work in an equitable manner. This entire move to shift the cabinet around was done to add a little more enthusiasm to all those who work here and that is all there is to it, Dikshit said.
Senior Congress leader Dr A K Walia lost both his portfolios of Urban Development and Revenue,both considered critical for fulfilling Dikshits promise to regularise unauthorised colonies in Delhi. Walia retained the departments of Health and Irrigation and Flood Control,and has now been given Labour and higher Education.
Dikshit,however,did not forget to appreciate Walias efforts while announcing the regularisation of 917 colonies on Tuesday.
I would like to congratulate Dr Walia for his hard work. We are all here making this announcement only because of his efforts, Dikshit said.
Incidentally,both of Walias earlier departments Revenue and Urban Development are now with Dikshit loyalist Arvinder Singh Lovely.
Meanwhile,Lovelys earlier departments of Education and Transport have been given to Kiran Walia and Ramakant Goswami,respectively.