Patna: The wives of ministers in the Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar are richer than their husbands including the better halves of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey.
According to details of movable and immovable assets declared by ministers for the year ended December 31, 2011, other ministers whose spouses have earned more movable assets are Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh, Building Construction Minister Damodar Raut, Rural Development Minister Nitish Mishra and Water Resource Minister Vijay Kumar Chowdhary. Narendra Singh has movable assets worth Rs 25.50 lakh while his wife Sagarmani Devi possess more property than
Singh. She has movable assets worth Rs 27.42 lakh.
Similarly, health minister Choubey`s movable and immovable properties were less than his wife. Choubey has movable and immovable assets worth Rs 61.24 lakh while his wife Nita Choubey owns property worth Rs 94.99 lakh, over Rs
30 lakh more than her husband.
Deputy Chief Minister Modi, who also holds the charge of
finance department, has movable assets worth Rs 25.78 lakh,
while his wife JS Modi is owner of movable assets worth Rs
State Water Resource Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary, a
close aide of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, has movable
properties worth Rs 15 lakh while his wife owns movable assets
worth Rs 20.28 lakh.
The property details of the ministers and their family
members were posted on the Bihar government website before the
Assembly election conducted last October-November as per the
directive of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
If the land, house and plots are added together,
Choudhary is ahead of his wife in the accumulation of assets.
The figures further revealed that Tourism Minister Sunil
Kumar Pintu`s wife has assets more than him which is worth Rs
40.45 lakh while Pintu has declared immovable assets worth Rs
However, there is no uniformity in making public the
assets earned by the NDA ministers in Bihar.
There are several ministers who have failed to give
details of their movable assets like land and buildings on the
ground that their family is not separated.
Minority Welfare minister Shahid Ali Khan has not
disclosed the value of his immovable property on the ground
that no separation has taken place in his family.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh had also not
furnished the details of the joint properties of his family.
The three women ministers in the Nitish Kumar cabinet
Parveen Amanullah (social welfare), Ranu Kumari (industry) and
Sukhda Pandey (art and culture) have shown property more than
Pandey has movable properties worth Rs 20.55 lakh as
against her husband`s immovable assets worth Rs 46.23 lakh.
Sahi and his wife have immovable property worth Rs 6.42
Land reforms and revenue minister Ramai Ram is owner of
assets worth Rs 1.25 crore while Sushil Kumar Modi has
property worth Rs 1.6 crore.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his son have movable and
immovable assets worth Rs 1.62 crore.