My Portfolio Is Bigger Than Me: Abdullah

29 May 2009
The Hindu


New Delhi: Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Friday brushed aside rumours about his unhappiness over relatively low profile being handed over to him saying the ministry was a big challenge. Within minutes of his taking over, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and his son Omar Abdullah was the first official visitor, who asked him to take the electrification of remaining areas of the state by setting up small hydel projects less than 25 Mega Watts. The 72-year-old Abdullah, while brushing aside notion about getting a low profile ministry, said 'this ministry is a big challenge and I take this challenge head on. I am happy that I have been entrusted with the job which ultimately benefits our future generation.' When asked whether he had any grouse for not getting bigger portfolios like tourism or health for which his name was in the running, Mr Abdullah told reporters after taking charge of the ministry, that 'No profile is big or small. It is just a perception of people. I think I am small for New and Renewable Energy Ministry. This portfolio is bigger than me.' On Congress President Sonia Gandhi's 'Perform or Perish' slogan, he said 'India cannot tolerate non-performers. If one does not perform, he or she should quit before being kicked out.'