Bangalore: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is planning to revamp his council of ministers by this year-end, and according to sources at least six ministers to be shown the door.
Under-performance and ill-health are said to be the two main factors that are going to determine the reshuffle. The chief minister has held a preliminary round of consultation with AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka, Digvijay Singh, in this regard. But the final nod from the party high command is yet to come, says one media report.
According to sources, the ministers likely to be dropped are: Shamanur Shivashankarappa (Horticulture), Qamarul Islam (Minority Welfare), Kimmane Ratnakar (Primary Education), Parmeshwara Naik (Labour), Abhaychandra Jain (Fisheries) and Baburao Chinchanasur (Textiles).
DHNS says, Siddaramaiah has already directed his office to compile a report on the performance of each of the ministers. The report is being prepared based on implementation of budgetary programmes, number of review meetings held, touring the State for inspection and file clearance, sources added.
However, neither Siddaramaiah nor the party high command has prepared a tentative list of names for new ministers. The process to select names is likely to commence after the winter session of the State legislature likely to be held in December at Suvarna Soudha in Belagavi.
Both Parameshwara and Siddaramaiah are likely to meet the party top brass on November 16 to finalise the list of names for boards and corporations, besides those to be inducted into the ministry. The CM, who did not want to go in for expansion, had to change his plans due to mounting pressure from within the party over non-performing ministers.
The high command had recently asked the CM to give a dossier on each minister.