Naveen's Cabinet of Crorepatis - The New Indian Express

Naveen's Cabinet of Crorepatis

Published: 31st March 2014 09:08 AM

Last Updated: 31st March 2014 10:31 AM

The overall economic scenario may have been sluggish but the net worth of Naveen Patnaik’s Council of Ministers has virtually jumped by 75 per cent over the last five years. From an approximate Rs 24.4 crore, as their declared assets was in 2009, the combined wealth of the current 20 ministers has galloped to about Rs 42 crore.

Riding on the real estate possessions, inherited as well as acquired, the net accumulated assets of some of Naveen’s ministers has skyrocketed.

School and Mass Education Minister Rabi Narayan Nanda’s assets have spiraled from Rs 31 lakh to Rs 1.53 crore, seeing a five-time jump while Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray’s total assets stand at Rs 4.02 crore having seen a four-time jump since the last election. His immovable assets stand at Rs 2.77 crore while his movable wealth is Rs 1.25 crore.

Similarly, Tourism and Law Minister Maheswar Mohanty’s assets have more than doubled from Rs 40.9 lakh in 2009 to Rs 1.03 crore this time. Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Surya Narayan Patra’s wealth too has seen a 100 per cent jump from Rs 1.72 crore to Rs 3.61 crore.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, though, continues to lead by example, being the richest in the Cabinet. His property has risen from Rs 7.89 crore in 2009 to Rs 12.06 crore. Prasanna Acharya, Finance Minister of the State, is also among the richest with his assets standing at approximately Rs 5.37 crore, witnessing a marginal jump from Rs 5.03 crore in 2009.

Among the crorepati ministers, Rural Development Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh owns over Rs 1.5 crore, while Agriculture Minister Debi Prasad Mishra has assets to the tune of Rs 1.40 crore (in 2009, Mishra’s wealth stood at Rs 79.8 lakh).

Food Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Pratap Keshari Dev, who represents Aul, has a total wealth of Rs 3.74 crore, his assets having been appreciated since 2009 when it stood at Rs 1.83 crore.

Two of the ministers’ wealth remained pretty much modest. Usha Devi whose movable assets stand at Rs 32.34 lakh has no landed property in her name. Nor has Commerce and Transport Minister Subrat Tarai whose movable assets are valued at Rs 25.26 lakh.

Similarly, Steel and Mines Minister Rajani Kanta Singh (Rs 2.44 crore) and Industry Minister Niranjan Pujari (Rs 1.04 crore) were other crorepatis in Naveen’s cabinet.

Interestingly, the net worth of Naveen’s entire cabinet pales in front of the wealth of party’s Puri candidate Pinaki Mishra, who is seeking another term. Mishra’s total assets stand at a whopping Rs 133 crore, the immovable assets alone valued at Rs 120.5 crore. The Lok Sabha member whose movable assets stand at Rs 13.20 crore owns paintings worth Rs 1.15 crore.

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