Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar lags far behind his Ministerial colleagues in his wealth, details of which were made public on January 3.
Details of the assets of 30 Bihar Ministers, including Kumar’s were uploaded in the government Web sites 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 air conditioner, 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, jewelry 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, jewelry 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 jewelry worth Rs. 6.84 lakh, Rs. 9,400 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 Pra-shant Kumar Shahi, a lawyer-turned-advocate general-turned Minister, who has declared moveable and immoveable properties worth around Rs. 4.5 crore.
State Labor Resources Minister Janardan Singh Sigriwal with a net worth of Rs. 16.77 lakh is the poorest Minister.