New Delhi: Ahead of the crucial Cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has started assessing the performance of Ministers holding portfolios dealing with the basic infrastructure sectors.

After reviewing the performance of Ministry of Railways and Road Transport, the Prime Minister has called a high-level meeting on July 1 to review the working of Ministry of Power and other related ministries.

According to sources, on the basis of this review the fate of Ministers of the infrastructure sector will be decided.

It is noteworthy that the demand-supply gap of electricity could not be met due to the delays in execution of Power projects. While the government had set a target of adding power generation to the tune of 68000 MW during the 11th Five year Plan, the actual additions could not even reach 50000 MW. 

In contrast, for the upcoming 12th Plan a target of generating one lakh MW electricity has been set.

The Prime Minister during the review meetings will also address issues related to the inter-ministerial differences which have been the main cause of delays in power projects. Issues like coal shortages and environment clearances are likely to be sorted out during the meeting.

The Ministers of the concerned sectors have been asked to attend the meeting.  

The Prime Minister will also review the progress of the proposed nuclear power projects.  The controversy surrounding the Jaitapur nuclear plant in Maharashtra will be on top of the agenda of the review meet.  

Land acquisition, rehabilitation, law and order issues will also be considered at the meeting that is likely to be attended  by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Minister of Coal, Shri Prakash Jaiswal, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Steel Beni Prasad Verma and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

JPN/Bureau