The New Indian Express
New Delhi

NEW DELHI: Nine out of every 10 ministers in Narendra Modi Government are crorepatis. According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the average assets of the 46-member Council of Ministers is Rs 13.47 crore.  Of them, 13 ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves.

The National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysed the self-sworn affidavits of the 44 of 46 newly-elected ministers, including the Prime Minister.

Details of Prakash Javadekar and Nirmala Sitharaman were not analysed as they are not MPs at present. Of the 44 ministers analysed, 40 of them (90 per cent) are crorepatis.

As per the ADR report, five ministers have declared assets over Rs 30 crore each. Arun Jaitley had declared assets worth over Rs 113 crore, Harsimrat Badal had declared assets worth Rs 108 crore, Gopinath Munde Rs 38 crore, Maneka Gandhi Rs 37 crore and first-time minister Piyush Goyal Rs 30 crore.

“Total assets includes assets of self, spouse and dependants,” it said.

A total of four ministers have declared assets less than Rs 1 crore.  Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava, Thavarchand, Sudarshan Bhagat and Ram Vilas Paswan have declared assets less than Rs 1 crore. According to the ADR report, a total of nine ministers have declared liabilities worth `1 crore. Of these nine ministers, Harsimrat and Munde have declared liabilities of Rs 30 crore and above.

Eight ministers had declared serious criminal cases, including cases related to attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping and electoral violations.

Uma Bharti had declared a case related to attempt to murder, a case promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony and a case related to illegal payments in connection with elections.

Upendra Kushwaha and Paswan have each declared a case related to bribery. Munde had declared a case related to kidnapping. 

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