The Indian Express, New Delhi, has used the Right to Information Act to obtain information about absenteeism from meetings of the Union cabinet since the United Progressive Alliance government came to power. And the findings are, well, predictable.
Only prime minister Manmohan Singh has cent-per-cent attendance in all the 217 meetings. Defence minister A.K. Antony and water resources minister Saifuddin Soz too have an impeccable record, but they joined the ministry mid-way.
Except home minister Shivraj Patil and law minister H.R. Bharadwaj no minister has more than 90 per cent attendance. Railway minister Lalu Prasad attended less than one in two. Many ministers were absent from meetings when a proposal from his or her ministry was up for discussion.
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