Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set in motion the appraisal of his council of ministers with the evaluation to be done on the basis of objective as well as subjective parameters, sources familiar with the development told Mint. A Cabinet reshuffle is likely in September once the appraisal and a rejig of the party’s top brass in various states is over.

“While some targets the ministers will be measured against are quantifiable and their evaluation will be as per the actual performance of the concerned minister, a large number of them are also based on the perception of the candidate. The evaluation will be done at multiple levels and a key part of this would involve the perception about the minister within the party,” one of the sources said.

The criteria for performance measurement would include alignment with the overall vision of the government, delivery of key schemes and programmes under the ministry and fresh initiatives geared towards tangible improvement in quality of life of the people.

A 1 June Mint report had, quoting sources, said that a reorganization of the state leaderships of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would soon be effected. As a first step, the party on 2 June appointed a new head for its Delhi unit, replacing Manoj Tiwari with Adesh Kumar Gupta, a former mayor of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation.

The ruling party plans to appoint new Presidents, Vice Presidents, office bearers and in-charges in more states.

“The rejig in party units was scheduled to get over by the end of this month. It could get over by then or may get delayed due to covid. For the same reason, the entire appraisal exercise involving the ministers could extend into August. Hence, September could be the time when there’s a reshuffle of the Cabinet,” this source said.