Amid reshuffle talk, Nath sends ministry update to MPs
In an unusual move, road transport and highways minister Kamal Nath has sent letters to several MPs, informing them about the work done by his ministry in their constituencies.delhi Updated: Jan 18, 2011 23:51 IST
In an unusual move, road transport and highways minister Kamal Nath has sent letters to several MPs, informing them about the work done by his ministry in their constituencies.
The exercise came amid speculation that Nath might be dropped from the Cabinet in the much-awaited reshuffle, which is taking place on Wednesday, and given key responsibility in the organisation.
However, Congress sources say Nath is not too keen on taking up the party post and would like to continue as a minister.
His ministry had recently dispatched these letters to 30 MPs, mainly from the Congress party.
The letter gives details of the road projects completed or cleared in their constituencies since he took charge of the ministry.
Confirming the move, a ministry official said Nath had initiated the exercise soon after assuming the charge.
"He has made it a point to write to each MP whenever a project is completed or a new one cleared in his or her constituency," the official said.
Nath also informed them about the release of the central road fund (CRF) by his ministry and widening and improvement of roads in their areas.
CRF is a non-lapsable fund out of which money is allocated to states and union territories only after they produce utilisation certificates of work done by them.
While 70% of CRF is allocated to states for development of roads on the basis of geographical area, 30% weightage is given to consumption of petrol and high speed diesel (HSD).
The official said a majority of the MPs write on regular basis to the minister, requesting clearance of new road projects in their constituencies.