NEW DELHI: After wide speculations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had finally announced his reshuffled council of ministers and the most notable change in the list is that of demoting the HRD minister Smriti Irani to the ministry of Textiles. It has been an equally surprising fact when Smriti Irani was first appointed as the Union Human Resource Development minister in 2014, by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
However, taking a closer look at the functioning of the HRD ministry in the last two years, can make us understand the possible reasons which prompted Narendra Modi to sack Smriti Irani. It is a well known fact that over the last two years, the HRD minister has been the victim of several controversies ranging from ‘degree deficit’ to the issue of ‘Rohith Vemula’.
In fact, the government’s strong defense for Smriti Irani whenever she was under attack, made everyone to assume that she will be the next Sushma Swaraj ji in the BJP. But, in the real sense the current situation rings a danger bell for the former HRD minister. Sources said that the minister had been sacked chiefly because of her inability to tackle the affairs of the ministry, as per the guidelines issued by the Prime Minister.
It has been reported that the officials working under the ministry of the HRD were unhappy by the way Smriti Irani treated them. Sources also confirmed that many of them chose to leave the ministry citing the same. The most notable conflict between the former HRD minister and the government officials was the one against the members of the Niti Aayog. The officials of the Niti Aayog and Smriti Irani were locked in a bitter battle over the accreditation of Universities and other issues. Officials blamed that the minister has changed the guidelines for declaring an institute as a deemed University, in order to favor a few close to her.
In addition to this, the Prime Minister too had received several complaints from other cabinet ministers over the improper functioning of the HRD ministry. One of the allegations was that the HRD minister was not supportive in matters which involved discussions between two or more ministries.
Not to forget, the incident of the suicide of a dalit student in the Central University of Hyderabad damaged the reputation of Smriti Irani to a greater extent.
On the other hand, majority of the users of social networking sites like facebook and twitter have expressed happiness over the sacking of the former HRD minister. This shows the negative impression the minister has garnered chiefly among the students.
After the reshuffle, Smiri Irani will now serve as the Minister of Textiles while prominent leader Prakash Javadekar will take over as the Minister of Human Resource Development on Wednesday.