Only 40 percent of Maha ministers declare assets

A directive from CM seems to have fallen on deaf ears as only 40 per cent of Maharashtra ministers have declared their assets so far.

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2011, 17:56 PM IST

Mumbai: A directive from chief minister
Prithviraj Chavan seems to have fallen on deaf ears as only
40 per cent of Maharashtra ministers have declared their
assets so far.

After he was sworn in as the CM in
November 2010, Chavan had asked his ministers to declare their
assets, so that people have greater faith in the government.
However, only 40 per cent of the 40 ministers in the
state ministry have given details of their assets to the chief
minister`s office, a Right to Information (RTI) Act query has
revealed.

RTI activist Anil Galgali had sought details of the
educational qualifications of all ministers and details of the
assets declared by them to the CM`s office.

According to him, only 16 ministers eight each from
the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have
declared their assets.

Prominent among them are Chavan, deputy CM
Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal, Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, Rajendra
Darda, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Shivajirao Moghe, Madhukarrao
Chavan, Suresh Shetty, Sanjay Deotale, Sunil Tatkare, Anil
Deshmukh, Manoharrao Naik, Hassan Mushrif, Fauzia Khan and DP
Sawant.

"The public information officer, however, refused to
share details of the ministers` assets, saying it will not be
beneficial to the public in any way and that it was in a
sealed format," Galgali said.

The RTI activist said he would file another appeal
seeking details of the assets.

PTI