Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 20:
Even as speculation about a reshuffle of the Odisha council of ministers is at fever pitch on the eve of the completion of one year of the fourth term of the Naveen Patnaik government, the ruling BJD has said there are no plans for a reshuffle at the moment.
The BJD government, it may be noted, is set to complete the first year of its fourth term in power tomorrow.
Speculation about a possible reshuffle started after Chief Minister and party supremo Naveen Patnaik sought a report card from his ministers on the performance of their departments over the last one year.
Though reliable sources in the party circles have ruled out no immediate reshuffle in the ministry, the sudden directive of the party supremo has triggered panic among the ministers since they are aware of the fact that some ministers were shown the door on the basis of their performance earlier.
There is a talk among the ministers that the Chief Minister is all set to apply the same formula this time.
Sources said the Chief Minister, in a note sheet sent to all ministers, has told them that the Council Ministers, in its first meeting after assuming power on May 21 last year, had taken a pledge to fulfill all promises made in its election manifesto within a specified timeline.
“As the state government is going to complete its first year in office tomorrow, the time is now to assess the performance of your respective departments. Considering the above, you are directed to furnish a report on the success of your department and the fulfillment of the poll manifestos in the last one year. I will have a detailed review of the reports to be submitted by you by May 21,” Patnaik said in the mssive.
Reliable sources said the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has asked the secretaries of all departments to submit their reports separately mentioning their activities in the last one year.
Party sources now say the directive is meant for the review and nothing more should be read into it.