New Delhi: The fashion in which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reshuffled his Council of Ministers on Sunday, reflects that he has decided to remain unresponsive to the call for rooting out corruption at high places. Former Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who has been under fire after reports of bungling of Rs 71 lakh government funds in a trust run by him and his wife, was appointed as Minister for External Affairs, one of the top four minister in the union government.

Unquestionably, Khurshid has been promoted in the government. Khurshid’s another senior cabinet colleague, S Jaipal Reddy, who was Petroleum Minister until Sunday’s cabinet rejig, was removed from the key ministry, probably for denying to serve the vested interest of corporate houses. Jaipal Reddy has now been appointed as Science and Technology Minister.

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Reliable sources in the government confirm that Reddy is upset over his removal from Petroleum Ministry. It seems he paid price for taking on Reliance Industries Limited over revision of the prices of natural gas produced from KG basin off the Andhra coast and questioning the steep decline in gas production from the RIL’s KG D6 gas block.

It would not be hyperbolic to say that rewarding a non-performer and tainted minister and being unresponsive to the irregularities in decision making process in the government have been a part of the culture in the UPA government recently. It is recalled when most parts of the country were witnessing unprecedented electricity failure in July this year, then Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was not only rewarded with an important cabinet portfolio, the Ministry of Home Affairs, rather he was also appointed as the leader of Lok Sabha.

Now Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who has been accused of bungling government’s fund meant for the welfare of disabled persons, has been rewarded with the Ministry of External Affairs (Foreign Ministry).


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