93% Bihar ministers crorepatis, 43% with criminal cases

In Bihar, 93% of the ministers in the newly formed Council of Ministers are crorepatis, while the average wealth of ministers in the state is Rs 3.93 crore. On Wednesday, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Bihar Election Watch released the report. The report has been prepared on the basis of the analysis of the affidavits of 14 of the 15 ministers in the state council of ministers including the chief minister, excluding the affidavit of one minister Ram Surat Kumar as being unclear.

According to ADR, 13 out of 14 ministers in the state are millionaires. Among them, 83 percent of JDU and 100 percent of ministers of BJP, HAM and VIP are millionaires. Education Minister Mewalal Chaudhary owns the most assets of 12.31 crores. While Ashok Chaudhary is the minister with the lowest assets. He has assets worth Rs 72.89 lakh. On the other hand, of the eight ministers who have declared liability, the highest is with the animal husbandry minister Mukesh Sahni. He has a liability of Rs 1.54 crore.

57 percent (8) ministers of the state have criminal cases against them. While 43 percent (6) ministers have serious criminal cases. According to the report, 33 percent of JDU ministers, 100 percent of HAM and VIP ministers have serious criminal cases.

71% (10) ministers in the newly formed Council of Ministers of the state have graduation and above. While 29 percent (4) of the ministers are qualified ranging from 8th to 12th standard. Both Deputy Chief Ministers Tar Kishore Prasad and Renu Devi along with Vijendra Prasad Yadav pass have passed the 12th-grade examination while Mukesh Sahni has passed the eighth grade. Six ministers have stated their age between 41-50 years while eight ministers are between 51 and 75 years old. Elections to the 243-member assembly were held on 28 October, 3 November, and 7 November in Bihar, while the counting of votes took place on the 10th of November. The NDA formed the government after securing a majority. The 14-member cabinet led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was sworn in on Monday.

A poor state like Bihar has rich representatives. Where 93 percent of the representatives in the government are millionaires, the per capita income in Bihar at the current price is just Rs 47,541. While the poverty rate in Bihar is 33.74 percent and according to the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMI), the unemployment rate in October 2020 was 9.8 percent.

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Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan is a student at the Centre for Chinese and South-east Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi. He also works with Hasratein- a Delhi based queer collective. The current area of his academic interest lies in the study of the Chinese language and society.