Odisha chief minister asked to declare his assets

  • Priya Ranjan Sahu, Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
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  • Updated: Oct 01, 2012 22:54 IST

The Transparency International India has urged Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik to immediately declare his assets and liabilities for the financial year 2011-12 as per the code of conduct for ministers.

In a recent letter to Patnaik, TII board member Biswajit Mohanty pointed out that Patnaik and his ministers had failed to declare their assets and liabilities deadline expired on August 31.

"Every citizen has the right to know the details of assets and liabilities of each minister which would promote transparency in the government," Mohanty said.

Urging the chief ministers to also direct his ministers to furnish such details, he added that unless and until such details were disclosed, it would be impossible to verify if there had been an abnormal and unexplained increase in wealth of any minister.

"Such prompt disclosure is de rigour given the fact that you have been constantly claiming that your government is transparent and committed to fight corruption. We are extremely hopeful that you live up to your public claims," Mohanty said.


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