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Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Bhadra 25, 1421, Zilqad 13, 1435 Hijr

Cabinet reshuffle waiting in the wings
Mamunur Rashid
Publish Date : 2014-09-09,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 29
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to reshuffle her cabinet by dropping two influential ministers and changing the portfolio of some others in a major move to drive home her mission for good governance, source close to the government and the ruling party, Awami League, told The Daily Observer on Monday.
The source said LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, also General Secretary of Awami League, may lose his cabinet post as he is widely criticized for regular absence from his office and important government meetings.
Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali may also lose his job because of his outrageous and obnoxious words and deeds that recently turned him against the media. He did not change despite advice by his cabinet colleagues and warnings from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who wants good relations with the media.
A senior government official told this correspondent that the Prime Minister decided to make the first changes in her cabinet eight months after she took office for a second consecutive term after the January 5 election.
She was annoyed with the poor performance and perceived negligence of some ministers while she was steadfastly trying to promote development and brighten the image of the country, said the official requesting anonymity.
The official said the Ministry of Home Affairs might get a full minister. Till now, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has kept the Home Ministry to herself while the day to day activity of the ministry is run by State Minister Asaduzzaman Khan.
The official confirmed that the Cabinet Division might take necessary moves in this regard soon following final decision of the Prime Minister. He said the changes are aimed at infusing more dynamism into the government and promote the image of the government.

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