In a shocking revelation made by activist Anil Galgali, only 12 out of 39 ministers in the government have declared their assets and liabilities details. Galgali had sought information about assets and liabilities declared by the Cabinet as well as the Ministers of state via RTI. K.S.Parab, Under Secretary of the General Administration Department (GAD) of the Mantralaya, informed Galgali that in a code of conduct for Ministers drafted by the central government it is compulsory to declare their property and responsibilities statement by every Ministers, though the Supreme Court has ruled to the contrary . The current Ministry in Maharashtra has 23 Ministers including the CM and 16 Ministers of State.
Twelve ministers including the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis have complied with the directive and submitted their details of property and responsibilities statement. The CM submitted his details to the Chief Secretary and the 11 ministers have submitted their details to the CM. The 11 ministers are Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, School Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, Industries Minister Subhash Desai, Public Health Minister Ram Shinde, Food & Civil Supplies Minister Girish Bapat, Irrigation Minister Girish Mahajan, Transport Minister Diwakar Raote, Water supply, cleanliness and environment Minister of state Pravin Pote.
“I had followed up vigorously with the previous government also for making their assets and liabilities detail in public domain. However those who declared them only their name was made available online instead of assets and liabilities details. Former CM Prithviraj Chavan was averse to making the information public, but since this new BJP government’s main agenda is transparency, now even they have refrained themselves from making their assets and liabilities in public domain,” said Galgali.