PM Manmohan Singh to chair his last cabinet meeting today

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will on Tuesday chair his last cabinet meeting as he prepares to demit office on 17 May, a day after the Lok Sabha Election results are declared.

FP Staff May 13, 2014 09:08:11 IST
PM Manmohan Singh to chair his last cabinet meeting today

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will on Tuesday chair his last cabinet meeting as he prepares to demit office on 17 May, a day after the Lok Sabha Election results are declared.

PM Manmohan Singh to chair his last cabinet meeting today

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. PTI

At the Cabinet Committee for Economic Affairs meeting, Singh is likely to clear Foreign Direct Investment in the pharma sector, NDTV reports.

Later this evening, he is also expected to hold a farewell gathering at his official residence - 7 Race Course Road, for his staff.

On Wednesday, UPA Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi will host a dinner at her residence - 10 Janpath - in honour of Singh. He is likely to be presented with a memento signed by all members of the Congress Working Committee and Union ministers in honour of his contribution.

At a press conference earlier this year, Singh, who has headed the council of ministers for two consecutive terms, decided against running for a third term.

In his address, he said he would prefer to mentor Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi should the UPA be given a third term. That, however, appears very unlikely, if exit polls across news channels are to be believed.

Singh has been criticised for his failure to be a 'vocal prime minister' and has also been seen as a 'weak' leader when his government was accused of multiple scams.

"I do not believe that I have been a weak Prime Minister .... I honestly believe that history will be kinder to me than the contemporary media or for that matter the Opposition in Parliament.... Given the political compulsions, I have done the best I could do.

"...I have done as well as I could do according to the circumstances...It is for history to judge what I have done or what I have not done," Singh had said addressing a press conference, the third in his two terms.

Singh has been credited with giving the country its highest ever growth rate in a 10-year period, pushing for the contentious India-US civil nuclear deal as well as instituting several reform measures.

On 16 May, a day before he demits office, Singh will address the nation in a farewell speech where he is likely to highlight his government's achievements over the last ten years.

Singh, who was elected as India's 13th prime minister, will however continue to be a Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha as he was re-elected from Assam in 2013.

On Thursday, Singh will move into 3 Motilal Nehru Marg, a sprawling type-VIII bungalow spread over 3.25 acres, which was until recently the home of former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

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