More than a month after Pranab Mukherjee resigned from the Cabinet after being nominated as the UPAs presidential candidate,the government on Monday rationalised the total number of Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) and the Group of Ministers (GoM) to 21 as against 39 previously.
According to the new list prepared by the Cabinet secretariat,the number of EGoMs have been slashed from 12 to six,and the number of GoMs have been reduced from 27 to 15.
While all the previous 12 EGoMs were headed by Mukherjee,the new six have Defence Minister A K Antony as the head in three cases while Home Minister P Chidambaram will head two EGoMs and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar will be head one EGoM.
Pawars party colleague Praful Patel has been included in the group of ministers looking into ways of tackling corruption.
The six EGoMs wound up by the government include those on the Food Security Act,National Highways Development Project,issues related to SEZs,and under-recoveries of oil marketing companies.
While Antony will head EGoMs on gas pricing,mass rapid transit systems,and ultra mega power projects,Chidambaram will head EGoMs on telecom spectrum allocation,and reforms in the Central public sector enterprises.
Pawar will head the EGoM on drought,which is slated to meet on Tuesday.
Among the GoMs wound up by the government there are six that were headed by Mukherjee,the other six that have been wound up were chaired by Chidambaram. Some of those wound up include GoMs on paid news,honour killings,common service centres in panchayats,backward region grant fund,IAP districts,Taj International Aviation Hub,review of fertiliser policy,and WTO related issues.
Six of the Mukherjee-led GoMs,which have been extended,include those on amending the Competition Act,issues related to tackling corruption,and environmental issues pertaining to coal mining.
While Antony will head the GoM on tackling corruption,Chidambaram will lead the one looking into amendments in the Competition Act,and Pawar will head the GoM on environmental issues related to coal mining.