Several Andhra MLAs, CM yet to 
submit list of assets, liabilities

HYDERABAD — Even as social activist Anna Hazare successfully brought the issue of probity in public life to the centre-stage of national debate with his movement against graft, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet has drawn flak from the opposition for ignoring the Central government’s circular making it mandatory for all the Ministers to declare their assets by August 31.

By P S Jayaram

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Published: Wed 31 Aug 2011, 9:48 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:41 PM

With just one day left for the deadline to end, only Cooperation Minister Kasu Krishna Reddy has submitted the details of his properties to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy. Interestingly, the Chief Minister himself has not declared his assets and liabilities so far.

After the Anna phenomenon hit the country, the state minister’s refusal to conform to the Centre’s directive has provided ammunition for the opposition to attack the Congress government. “This shows the Congress leaders’ commitment to transparency and clean administration,” main opposition Telugu Desam Party leader and former State Finance Minister Y Ramakrishnudu said.

The state cabinet has 40 members including the Chief Minister. Despite several reminders from the General Administration Department, the Ministers have refused to respond, official sources said.

Following Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s directive, the Union Government had, on June 2 this year, issued a circular to all the states making it mandatory for the ministers to declare their assets and liabilities and indicate their business interests.

The circular had stated that in terms of the code of conduct, the details in respect of assets, liabilities, business interests, conduct and management of any other business and employment of spouse and dependents under foreign government or organisations were required to be disclosed by the members of the Council of Ministers and also the State ministers.

The circular specifically sought declaration pertaining to all immovable property and total approximate value of shares, debentures, cash holdings and jewellery. The move was aimed at ensuring transparency in governance and promote probity in public life, the sources said.

However, some skeptics in the ruling party argued that it was a redundant exercise as all the legislators were already required to submit details of their properties to the Assembly Speaker. This rule is observed more in breach than in practice. Several MLAs are yet to submit the list of their assets and liabilities.



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