Two Haryana ministers fail to submit assets details
Despite repeated reminders in the past three years, agriculture minister Rao Narinder Singh and the minister of state for home Gopal Kanda have failed to submit the details of their assets to the state government. The chief secretary's office has revealed this in the information provided under the RTI recently.chandigarh Updated: May 27, 2012 11:24 IST
Despite repeated reminders in the past three years, agriculture minister Rao Narinder Singh and the minister of state for home Gopal Kanda have failed to submit the details of their assets to the state government.
The chief secretary's office has revealed this in the information provided under the RTI recently.
According to the RTI reply to activist PP Kapoor's query, the secretariat said all ministers had submitted their asset details up to 2011. But the chief minister's office had reportedly kept the details secret.
During the 2009 assembly elections, these politicians had declared their financial status to the Election Commission.
The Hooda government was sworn in October 2009 but not even a single minister has submitted their financial statements for three years.
According to the code of conduct, the ministers should declare their assets to the chief minister.
In September last year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had set a precedent when he and his colleagues had posted the details of their assets on the PMO's website.
"It is unfortunate that the Haryana government is acting in a secretive manner by concealing asset details of the chief minister and his ministerial colleagues from the public. The procedure is incomplete till all details are put on the public domain," said Kapoor.
Education minister Geeta Bhukkal said the ministers should submit their asset details to the chief minister on time, but did not comment on whether the details should be posted on the website.
Power minister Capt Ajay Yadav saw no harm in putting the details of ministers' assets in the public domain.
"Some people may try to misuse these details, but otherwise the asset details declared while filing nominations during elections, can be put on the official website of the state government."
Ministers Assets declared (but still not in public domain)
HS Chatha, (finance) August 26, 2011
Capt Ajay Yadav (power) February 22, 2010 and July 5, 2011
Randeep Surjewala (parliamentary affairs) April 27, 2011
Mahendar Partap Singh (revenue) February 25, 2011 and January 13, 2012
Kiran Choudhry (excise) August 24, 2011
Paramvir Singh (agriculture) August 24, 2011
Geeta Bhukkal (education) October 19, 2010 and December 21, 2011
Satpal Sangwan (housing) February 28, 2011
Shiv Charan Sharma (labour) August 3, 2010 and December 21, 2011
Sukhbeer (sports) January 7, 2010 and January 27, 2012
Ministers who have not declared assets since 2010
Rao Narender Singh (health)
Gopal Kanda (minister of state for home)
First Published: May 26, 2012 20:41 IST