Eleven of 17 Bihar ministers are crorepatis with CM Nitish Kumar also figuring in the list with the combined value of his and his son’s moveable and immoveable assets.
While HRD Minister P K Shahi is the richest with assets worth about Rs 6 crore, SC/ST Welfare Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is the “poorest” with property worth Rs 50 lakh. At least four other ministers have property worth over Rs 70 lakh.
The state government released the assets list Wednesday, the fourth such annual list since Nitish took over as CM. Several ministers, however, have not declared the market value of their properties.
While Nitish has cash, bank deposits worth Rs 12 lakh, he owns a 1,000 square feet flat estimated be worth Rs 60 lakh at Sansad Vihar in Dwarka. He has Rs 18,000 cash, Rs 62,000 in bank accounts, a 2003 model Hyundai Santro car, gold and silver jewellery worth Rs 49,000. He also has a TV, a fridge, an AC, a computer, four cows and as many calves. According to the list, he did not gain any new property since last year.
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His son Nishant, who stays with him, has property worth Rs 1.67 crore. He has Rs 7.52 lakh in bank accounts, Rs 7,095 cash in hand, Rs 7.12 lakh in PPF account, Rs 46.12 lakh as fixed deposit, Rs 10.26 lakh under a savings scheme and Rs 5.16 lakh as recurrent deposit in post office. Nishant also has a mutual fund deposit. He has agricultural land worth over Rs 88 lakh at his paternal village in Nalanda.
HRD Minister Shahi has property worth Rs 6.75 crore. He has land in Patna and Gaya in Bihar and Kusinagar in UP.
Water Resources Minister Bijay Kumar Choudhary has property worth Rs 1.70 crore, including 3,200 square feet land at Gola Road in Patna. Besides,