Rs 1,00,000 crore a year on poverty alleviation alone. There is intent but rarely delivery.Kapil SibalMinister of Human Resource DevelopmentMan in a hurry: Act now, implement later. That’s been Sibal’s mantra in a whirlwind of a year where he’s tried to be all things to all constituents. So if the,Rs 1,00,000 crore a year on poverty alleviation alone. There is intent but rarely delivery.Kapil SibalMinister of Human Resource DevelopmentMan in a hurry: Act now, implement later. That’s been Sibal’s mantra in a whirlwind of a year where he’s tried to be all things to all constituents. So if the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE) satisfies the proponents of social justice, the Foreign Education Institution (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill sets the stage for foreign universities to get a level playing field, and the proposed PPP model for 2,500 model schools encourages corporate involvement. But his biggest of Big Ideas may well remain on statute books, if he is unable to enthuse states and insist that they part with the funds needed to match his grand vision for the future.Achievements: 1. Freeing the portfolio from ideological oscillation and placing education slam bang in the centre of the nation’s mindspace.2. Heralding a consultative style of working through roundtables.Failures: 1. Not thinking every reform through, whether it is the rte Act or the draft National Commission for Higher Education Bill.2. Inability to convince the seven laggard states to step up for RTE.What is to be done? About his runaway tongue? Whether it is IIT eligibility or a uniform school-leaving examination for Class XII, Sibal says and retracts almost in the same breath. Kumari SeljaMinister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Minister of TourismRight up front: Both the urban and urbane face of the Government, she is equally at ease talking up the big-ticket Rajiv Awas Yojana for a slum-free India as she is inaugurating hotels for the Commonwealth Games. But she has no time to think big about the $100-billion tourism industry.Next big thing: A model real estate Act to be used by states to draft their legislation in a hotly contested domain.advertisementMallikarjun KhargeMinister of Labour and EmploymentRoot cause: The veteran trade unionist from Gulbarga has given a new lease of life to a two-decade-old legislation bringing workers closer to boardrooms, starting with public sector units.Big miss: Even after the Left lost its clout, he was unable to push crucial reforms. C.P. JoshiMinister of Rural Development and of Panchayati RajA trapeze artiste: A sharp administrator, Joshi was brought to the Centre to monitor the UPA’s trophy scheme, NREGA. He has chosen his own constituency Bhilwara in Rajasthan, as a laboratory model for converging all the development schemes in his two ministries. Another smart move was to rename NREGA after Mahatma Gandhi. A professor of psychology, Joshi balances his time between his ministry and state politics as Rajasthan Congress chief.Achievements: 1. NREGA is the only scheme to place all its data, including payments made to each worker, on its website. He plans to converge both his ministries and ensure that rural development schemes reach the grassroots.2. Piloted the amendment to raise reservation for women to 50 per cent in panchayats.Failures: 1. Sonia’s favourite amendment Bills, to the Land Acquisition and Relief and Rehabilitation Acts, in limbo.2. NREGA still has too many loopholes to be plugged despite being Rahul Gandhi’s pet legislation. Joshi wants district-level ombudsmen to monitor it but nothing has been done about it.The oops moment: Was publicly snubbed by Pranab Mukherjee on parliamentary etiquette for being brusque with a BJP MP, while Sonia watched.M.S. GillMinister of Youth Affairs and SportsThe game changer: The former chief election commissioner has turned the ministry, once considered a punishment posting, into the place where there is perpetual action. Not just because India is hosting the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but despite it, Gill has taken the question of India’s sport into the public eye. What his predecessor Mani Shankar Aiyar tried to do, Gill has turned into his crusade-make Indian sports administration answerable to the taxpayer and the sports fan.Achievements: 1. Taking on political heavyweights and exposing the underbelly of India’s sports administration.2. Setting up a pension scheme for former athletes in hard times. Leaving his ministry open to athletes, former and current, famous and unknown.3. Aiming for clarity on ministry’s rules; ensuring new design on sports awards.Failures: 1. Leaving a flank open against seasoned politicos with all-out attack. It could take him the Mani Shankar Aiyar way.2. Sometimes Gill loves the spotlight, cameras and mikes too much. Can turn into a rent-a-quote on all sport.Helping hand: The Delhi High Court which asked about the ministry’s delay in implementing a sports regulation on the tenure of federation bosses.advertisement Ghulam Nabi AzadMinister of Health and Family WelfareDr DoLittle: Stayed clear of the AIIMS mess, which was his predecessor’s nemesis. Is seen to have not acted swiftly enough on the scandalous conduct of the MCI chief, Dr Ketan Desai. He, however, acted speedily after the H1N1 outbreak and gave states a fairly free hand.Biggest blooper: Advising late marriage and late night TV viewing as birth control measures.Vayalar RaviMinister of Overseas Indian AffairsDiaspora at heart: He initiated Labour Mobility Partnership Agreements with select countries in the EU to facilitate better social security conditions for Indians there. Set up the Indian Community Welfare Fund for workers in distress.Big move: Directed foreign employers hiring Indian women workers to deposit $2,500 security. Mukul WasnikMinister of Social Justice and EmpowermentFor a cause: The debonair Wasnik knows how to work the system. He had been pitching for a budgetary increase and overnight, allocations for his ministry jumped from Rs 2,500 crore in 2009-10 to Rs 4,500 crore in the current budget. Another astute move is that he actively encourages NGO involvement in his ministry, something that will go down well with the Congress chief. Also wants to speed up cases filed under atrocities against SCs and STs.Achievements: 1. Launched the pilot project for the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana for the integrated development of 44,000 villages having 50 per cent SC/ST population.2. Readied the draft bill of the amended Persons with Disabilities Act (1995).Failures: 1. Has not been able to persuade the private sector with sops to employ people with disabilities.2. Still to review the National Policy on Older Persons, 1999, and improve rehabilitation schemes for drug addicts.The sensitive touch: First among the Central ministries to re-design its website, making it accessible to persons with disabilities. Kantilal BhuriaMinister of Tribal AffairsMissed opportunity: Belonging to a tribal community, Bhuria was minister of state for agriculture in the previous regime. He was supposed to implement the UPA’s vision for tribals. But is yet to constitute a committee to monitor implementation of projects and schemes for tribal and forest areas.Big failure: Should have been at the forefront of the development approach, considering that Naxalism afflicts tribal areas the most. Krishna TirathMoS for Women and Child DevelopmentMissing in action: With the Rs 2,300-crore Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and the controversial Conditional Maternity Benefits, under which Rs 4,500 crore worth of cash benefits are to be given to mothers, she hopes a certain DAVP ad will be a bad memory.Pet project: The National Mission for Empowerment of Women, her bit for the women’s Bill.