Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has asked ministers and legislators of the ruling Congress party to immediately furnish details of their property and other assets so the information could be uploaded on the state government website.
"I have asked all my ministers and MLAs to provide details of their properties and other assets immediately and the details would be put up in the government website so that there is greater transparency," the chief minister said.
This is despite the fact that the asset details of all the lawmakers are already in the public domain in the affidavits submitted while filing nominations during the 2006 assembly elections.
The chief minister has asked the ministers and legislators to furnish updated asset details.
"We welcome the chief minister's decision and all of us would submit the details soon," Assam government spokesperson and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told IANS.
Assam's main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in recent weeks has been demanding that the assets of all ministers and legislators be made public.
"It would be nice if the AGP and other party leaders also make their assets public to give the people of Assam a chance to know everything in black and white," Sarma said.