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The most poor turns out to be Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, MoS for food processing, who declared assets of 37.64 lakh. The second poorest is Anil Madhav Dave

New Delhi : Only six ministers in the union ministry can be dubbed as ‘poor’ for not having the declared assets of even Rs 1 crore while rest of 72, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are ranked as crorepatis with Finance Minister being the richest at Rs 113 crores, followed by Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal Rs 95 crore.

The most poor turns out to be Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, MoS for food processing, who declared assets of 37.64 lakh. The second poorest is Anil Madhav Dave, Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh who joined on Monday as MoS (independent charge) Environment, as his total assets are Rs 60.97 lakh, including immovable assets of Rs 48.06 lakh.

Ajay Tamta of Uttarakhand, who joined as MoS Textile in the reshuffle, is little better at Rs 63.67 crore. Others below Rs 1-crore asset are: Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot Rs 86.12 crore, MoS Agriculture Sudarshan Bhagat Rs 90.31 crore and Food Minister Ramvilas Paswan Rs 96.42 crore.

The data on the union ministers compiled by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) also shows that 14 cabinet ministers and MoS, including three new MoS sworn this week, have admitted serious criminal cases pending against them.

Narendra Modi became crorepati just because of his apartment he bought in 2002 in Rs 3.77 lakh that now has the current market value of Rs 1 crore. His total assets, including this property, are Rs 1.66 crore.

If Jaitley is the richest man in the ministry, the club of the richest nine with over Rs 35 crore assets is also his MoS Jayant Sinha, who was shifted to civil aviation in this week’s reshuffle. Son of former finance minister Yashwant Sinha, Jayant’s declared assets are Rs 55.68 crore, followed by MoS for Science Y S Chowdary of Telugu Desam Party Rs 54.33 crore, Tourism Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma Rs 47 crore, Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi Rs 37.41 crore and MoS for law and justice P P Chaudhary from Rajasthan, a Supreme Court senior advocate, Rs 35.35 crore.

The assets of some other rich ministers are: MoS (independent) sports and Youth Affairs Vijay Goyal Rs 29.97 crore, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah Rs 26.80 crore, Rao Inderjeet Singh Rs 25.06 crore, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj Rs 17.55 crore, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Rs 13.26 crore.

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