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Monday, July 13, 2015, Ashar 29, 1422 BS, Ramadan 25, 1436 Hijr

Major Cabinet reshuffle on way
Corrupt, self-seeking leaders to be sidelined
Published :Monday, 13 July, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 73
Anaet Shawon
A major Cabinet reshuffle is likely to be made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina soon after the Eid to introduce dynamism in the government, highly placed sources in the ruling Awami League predicted.  
A few ministers are likely to be relieved from their ministries for various reasons including on grounds of ill health and inefficiency. There are also some controversies centering some ministers who may also be dropped.
At the same time it is also speculated that some dedicated and efficient faces may be inducted in the reshuffled Cabinet.
Political circles believe that the Cabinet reshuffle has become inevitable to maintain the image of Sheikh Hasina's government.
Besides, some ministries, which are being run by state ministers, may get full ministers, while the ministers from the main opposition Jatiya Party may also be relieved of their ministries to avert criticism.
Sources said the reshuffle may take place anytime after Eid while there may be some inter-changes of portfolios as the Prime Minister has been unhappy with some ministers for their verbosity and inefficiency.
Files containing reports on ministers were submitted to the Prime Minister, intelligence sources said.
The Prime Minister wants to cleanse her Cabinet as well as her party gradually by sidelining corrupt and self-seeking leaders, party insiders said.
She may include some of the dedicated leaders into the Cabinet and reorganize some three ministries to bring pace in their activities.
Sources said Fisheries and Livestock Minister Sayedul Haque, Textile and Jute Minister Emajuddin Pramanik and Religious Affairs Minister Matiur Rahman may be relieved from their respective ministries on health grounds.
Food Minister Quamrul Islam may be axed for being embroiled in a serious controversy over imported wheat from Brazil and Disaster and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya might lose his Ministry due to a writ petition against him. The writ was filed challenging his office, after the Supreme Court upheld his conviction in a graft case.
Party insiders said the Prime Minister may appoint a full minister at the Home Ministry and the Posts, Telecommu-nications and Information Technology Ministry as both the ministries are run by state ministers.
The AL high-ups became fed up with party leaders and workers for indulging in corruptions and other criminal activities that are tarnishing the party image for which the party high-ups have decided to take action against the troublemakers. No matter how influential they are, insiders added.      
There are indications that Sheikh Hasina will go for the Cabinet reshuffle as she has already relieved AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam from the LGRD Ministry and axed Abdul Latif Siddique from the Cabinet for his derogatory remarks about Hajj, Tabligh Jamaat and Prime Minister's son Joy.
However, Ashraf is in the Cabinet without portfolio. With the execution of the order, it is virtually the first reshuffle in the Cabinet after the AL-led government assumed office for the second consecutive time. Earlier, Sheikh Hasina axed Latif Siddique.
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina took oath as the Prime Minister for the third time and formed the government comprising a 51-member Cabinet including 30 ministers, 18 state ministers and two deputy ministers.
AL insiders said the reshuffle is just round the corner as the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also concerned about the recent slide in law and order in the country.
Though the Prime Minister has regained the confidence of the countrymen after the January 5 elections, the slide in the law and order keeps her government in a grave tension, they said.

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