In an apparent attempt to empower his Ministers of State by allocating clear responsibilities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his Cabinet ministers to give details on the “distribution of work” at the “earliest”.
In a note sent to the Cabinet ministers, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has said, “It is requested that the distribution of work between the Hon’ble Ministers of State in your Ministry kindly be sent to this office at the earliest.”
Official sources said the PMO issued the note on May 31. The Ministers are expected to formalise the distribution of work in the next few days and send the details to the PMO.
Sixteen of the 22 Cabinet Ministers have been assigned Ministers of State to assist them in their official duties. The six Cabinet Ministers who do not have Ministers of State are: Smriti Irani (HRD), Maneka Gandhi (Women and Child Development), Najma Heptulla (Minority Affairs), Kalraj Mishra (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), Ravi Shankar Prasad (Law) and Harsh Vardhan (Health).
The PMO’s note is significant as junior ministers in previous governments have often complained about the lack of work. In fact, during the earlier NDA government led by A B Vajpayee, disgruntled Ministers of State held a meeting with the Prime Minister and urged him to intervene.
Modi also demonstrated his commitment to empower these Ministers of State when he held a meeting of the entire Council of Ministers on Monday to familarise them with his governance ideas and working style.