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Nitish, ministers` assets made public

The CM lags far behind his ministerial colleagues in his wealth.



Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar lags
far behind his ministerial colleagues in his wealth, details
of which were made public Monday.

Details of the assets of 30 Bihar ministers, including
Kumar`s were uploaded in the government websites as a step
towards ending corruption and promised by the chief minister.

Kumar`s moveable assets include Rs 31,760 in cash, Rs
57,770 in bank account, a Santro car of 2003 model, an old TV
set, an old airconditioner, a fridge, a cooler and cows
worth Rs 1.67 lakh.

The list of his assets also included a computer worth
Rs 34,475, a treadmill of Rs 35,000 and a house in Sansad
Vihar in New Delhi presently valued at Rs 40 lakh. He has a
loan of Rs 1.93 lakh from the secretariat branch of State Bank
of India.

Kumar`s son Nishant owns Rs 1,769 in cash, a bank
deposit of around Rs 41 lakh, Rs 13.93 lakh in post office
schemes, jewellery worth Rs 9.20 lakh and agricultural land
worth Rs 31.34 lakh at Kalyanbigha, besides a building in
Kankerbagh in Patna. He is also the owner of a
residential/commercial building at Kalyanbigha worth Rs 1.31
lakh and in Bakhtiyarpur worth Rs 8.27 lakh.

Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi has around Rs 26,000
cash, Rs 10.56 lakh deposit in banks, Rs 1.83 lakh in
bonds-shares, LIC/NSC worth Rs 1.89 lakh, jewellery worth Rs
1.52 lakh, a Maruti Swift besides other property worth Rs 5.26
lakh.

He and his wife have jointly invested Rs 14.49 lakh in
a house at Ghaziabad and Rs 36.7 lakh in another house at
Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh.

Modi has a loan of Rs 40 lakh from ICICI Bank in New
Delhi, besides a government debt of Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 10.70
lakh from his relatives.

His wife and sons own jewellery worth Rs 6.84 lakh, Rs
9400 in cash, Rs 14.91 lakh cash in bank and NSC and other
certificates valued at Rs 5.28 lakh.

The richest member in Bihar ministry is Human
Resources Department Minister Prashant Kumar Shahi, a
lawyer-turned advocate general-turned minister, who has
declared moveable and immoveable properties worth around Rs
4.5 crore.

State Labour Resources Minister Janardan Singh
Sigriwal with a net worth of Rs 16.77 lakh is the poorest
minister.

Among the `crorepati` ministers are the Minor Irrigation
and Sugarcane Minister Awadhesh Prasad Kushwaha whose net
worth is Rs 2.59 crore, Health Minister Ashwini Kumar
Chaubey`s assets total to Rs 1.18 Crore, urban development and
Housing Minister Prem Kumar worth Rs 1.12 crore and Transport
Minister Brishen Patel, the website showed.

Other ministers whose assets are over Rs one crore are
Building Construction minister Damodar Raut (Rs 1.03 crore),
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh (Rs 2.07 crore), Revenue
and Land Reforms Minister Ramai Ram (Rs 1.08 crore), PHED
Minister Chandra Mohan Rai (Rs 1.20 crore) and Mines and
Geology Minister Satya Deo Narain Arya (Rs 1.35 crore).

Social Welfare minister Parveen Amanullah, whose husband
Afzal Amanullah is the principal secretary in Bihar cabinet
coordination department, owns property worth more than Rs one
crore, besides a revolver.

Afzal Amannullah has Rs 96,000 in cash, Rs 10.29 lakh
deposit in banks, Rs 2 lakh in shares and bonds, Rs 6 lakh as
insurance premium, a Maruti Wagon R and jewellery of Rs 4
lakh.

He also has a revover worth Rs 67,000, a rifle worth Rs
30,000 and a DBBL of Rs 20,000 besides non agricultural land
in Patna measuring 2.1 cottah worth Rs 5.5 lakh.
State Road Construction Minister Nand Kishore Yadav has
Rs 15,000 in cash, deposits of around Rs 18 lakh, NSC and
LIC premiums of Rs 1.09 lakh, two Ambassador cars, one
scooter, jewellery worth Rs 2.02 lakh, non-agriculture land
valued at Rs 17 lakh and a plot at Fatua Industrial Area of Rs
10 lakh.

Transport Minister Visan Patel has Rs 5 lakh in cash, Rs
18.76 lakh deposit in banks, bonds/debentures of Rs 5.50
lakh), NSC-LIC of Rs 5 lakh, a Maruti Swift, agriculture land
valued at Rs 32.5 lakh, buildings in Patna of Rs 48.50 lakh
and Hajipur of Rs 38.25 lakh.

His wife has Rs 5.5 lakh in banks and NSC of Rs 75000,
besides jewellery worth Rs 5.24 lakh.

All the ministers had submitted details of their
assets to Kumar on December 31 following his directive. He had
made it mandatory for his ministerial colleagues to declare
their assets every year.

Circulars have also been issued making it mandatory for
public servants from Grade I to Grade III to declare their
assets every year.

PTI

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