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Last Updated : Jul 12, 2011 04:03 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Cabinet reshuffle: PM plays it with same old deck of cards

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh retained key allies in a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday in a bid to help him fight accusations of corruption and policy paralysis, choosing instead to focus on gaining support ahead of state elections next year.


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh retained key allies in a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday in a bid to help him fight accusations of corruption and policy paralysis, choosing instead to focus on gaining support ahead of state elections next year.


Singh failed to honour promises to bring about major changes in his second cabinet revamp this year, keeping his finance, interior, defence, foreign and trade ministers in an indication that long-stalled economic reforms were unlikely to be revived any time soon.


The minor changes were also seen as an attempt to remove some underperforming ministers as well as prepare the ruling Congress party for a key election in Uttar Pradesh next year, a state seen as setting the stage for a national election in 2014.


The changes may reaffirm the view that Singh and the Congress party-led alliance preferred to keep its allies in top positions to fight a slew of graft scandals, public protests and high inflation that have undermined the government.


"This is not really taking the bull by the horn, as they say. These are very very minor changes," said D.H. Pai Panindikar, head of New Delhi-based think tank RPG Foundation.


Markets did not react to the news.


In a surprise move, the maverick and influential Jairam Ramesh was moved to the rural development ministry from environment, where as a minister he has been seen as holding up multi-billion-dollar investments into steel, infrastructure, mining and power sectors by strict enforcement of green laws.


Ramesh is believed to be close to Congress president Sonia Gandhi but has had differences with the prime minister.


The rural development ministry, which looks after an expensive job guarantee scheme popular with the poor, is central to the ruling party's strategy to keep its rural voter base.


Here's a look into the reshuffle:








































































































WhoGot what
  
V Kishore Chandra DeoTribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj
Beni Prasad VermaSteel
Dinesh TrivediRailways
Jairam RameshRural Development 
  
Ministers of state (independent charge):
  
S Srikant JenaStatistics and Programme Implementation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers
Jayanthi NatarajanEnvironment and Forests
Paban Singh GhatowarDevelopment of North Eastern Region
Gurudas KamatDrinking Water and Sanitation
  
Ministers of state:
  
Sudip BandopadhyayaHealth and Family Welfare
Charan Das MahantAgriculture and Food Processing Industries 
Jitendra SinghHome Affairs
Milind DeoraCommunications and Information Technology
Rajiv ShuklaParliamentary Affairs
  
Cabinet ministers: 
  
Vilasrao DeshmukhScience and Technology and Earth Sciences
M Veerappa MoilyCorporate Affairs 
Anand SharmaCommerce and Industry; and additional charge of Textiles
Pawan Kumar BansalParliamentary Affairs and additional charge of Water Resources 
Salman KhursheedLaw and Justice and additional charge of Minority Affairs 
  
Ministers of state: 
  
E. AhamedExternal Affairs and Human Resource Development 
V.NarayanasamyFirst Published on Jul 12, 2011 11:12 am
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