Perform or perish is Manmohan Singh’s mantra

New Delhi, Nov 29 ( There’s a deadline coming up and many ministers are suddenly burning the midnight oil. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wants his entire cabinet to submit performance reports of the functioning of each ministry by Nov 30.
While several high performers like Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh are confident that their ministries have made the mark, several others have reasons to worry.

Until a week ago, New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah was unaware of Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekar’s missive seeking a report detailing the work done by his ministry. Others like Heavy Industries Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh are believed to be working overtime to ensure that targets are met.

Then there are Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and Chemicals and Fertiliser Minister M.K. Alagiri who have not been devoting enough time, and insiders say that work is seriously lagging behind in their respective ministries.

The wait will be on till end-December to see how they have fared.