PMO website to have details of ministers` assets

Last Updated: Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 14:04

New Delhi: In the midst of political heat
over scams, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has decided to make
public assets and liabilities of his ministerial colleagues.

Details about the assets and liabilities of all
ministers would now be placed on the website of the Prime
Minister`s Office and the information is likely to be uploaded
in a couple of days, sources said.

Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar has written to all
Union ministers recently that the Prime Minister has approved
placing of information regarding details of the assets and
liabilities received from them in public domain as part of
the efforts to enhance transparency in governance.

The ministers have so far provided information about
their assets and liabilities to the Prime Minister through a
declaration under the ministers` Code of Conduct.

Few months back, the Cabinet Secretary had reminded
the ministers to submit their annual accounts of assets and
liabilities to the Prime Minister.

The Code of Conduct states that "a person immediately
after entering office as a minister, and in any case within a
period of two months from the date of assumption of office,
shall disclose to the Prime Minister, or the Chief Minister,
as the case may be, details of the assets and liabilities, and
of business interests, of himself and of members of his
family..."

The move comes on the heels of the government facing
the opposition heat over corruption in Adarsh Housing Society,
Commonwealth Games and the 2G Spectrum allocation.

Assets and liabilities of Supreme Court judges are
already in the public domain.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 14:04

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