Mamata Banerjee lacks attendance again

Mamata Banerjee
New Delhi, Jun 23: Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister, West Bengal and MK Alagiri, Chemicals Minister have made it to the top list of absentee ministers for the second successive year, revealed a record of cabinet meeting during the year 2010.

The records dated between Mar 31, 2010 and this year given under the RTI bring out that Banerjee and Alagiri attended only seven meetings out of fourty eight.

The attendance record of top UPA leaders that includes Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, Defenec Minister, AK antony amd Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee which is 100 percent and P Chidambaram, Home Minister by 94 percent sharply contrasts Banerjee's and Alagiri's attendance.

According to the records given by Subash Chandra Agarwal, Cabinet Secretariat to RTI, both Banerjee and Alagiri have attended only few cabinet meetings during the year 2009-2010.

The attendance record of cabinet ministers who are not from Congress also show their low attendance rate.

A Raja, ex telecom minister during his tenure attened only 50 percent meeting, while Farooq Abdullah, National Conference leader attened on 43 percent meetings.

Dayanidhi Maran, textile minister attended only 60 percent meetings, while Sharad Kumar, NCP Chief had a attendance of 66 percent.

The Congress leader having less number of attendance record is SM Krishna, Foreign Minister whose job demands touring countries most of the time.

Congress ministers, Ambika Soni, Kapil Sibal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Virdhadra Singh and Vilasrao Deshmukh have the distiction of attending more than 90 percent meetings.

The average attendance record of Congress leaders overall is 70 percent.

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