FM or HM to oversee daily affairs in absence of PM

New Delhi: With three foreign visits lined up for him next month, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has directed that either Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee or Home Minister P Chidambaram should remain in Delhi to look after the day-to-day affairs of the Government in his absence. He is also understood to have ordered that either Mukherjee or Chidambaram be present if any meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) takes place in his absence.

The directive was issued by the Prime Minister through Cabinet Secretary Ajith Seth. The Prime Minister will be going on three foreign visits next month. He will first travel to France from November 2 to 5 for G20 meeting, then he will be travelling to Maldives for SAARC Summit on November 11 and 12.

The Prime Minister is also scheduled to travel to Indonesia for the East Asia Summit and Singapore for bilateral visit between November 18 and 20.