Odisha CM continues to be the richest Minister; Tusharkanti Behera poorest    

Bhubaneswar: With assets worth over Rs 64.26 crore, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik continued to remain the richest among Council of Ministers in the state.

As on March 31, 2019, the CM possesses property worth over Rs 64.26 crore, including movable property of around Rs 62, 66,663.93 and immovable property worth around Rs 63,64,15,261.

Patnaik’s immovable property, including a farm land and a building at Tikrikhera in Faridabad worth Rs 10, 75, 51,071 and 2/3 share in property of Naveen Niwas valuing Rs 9,52,46,190 in Bhubaneswar are inherited from his mother late Gyan Patnaik. And, his 50% share in property inheritaed from his father late Biju Patnaik situated at APJ Abdul Kalam Road in New Delhi is valued at Rs 43, 36, 18,000, read a statement issued by the Chief Minister Office (CMO) yesterday.

Surprisingly, the CM has not yet repaid a loan amount of Rs 15 lakh borrowed from his sister Gita Mehta.

While the CM remained the richest among the Council of Ministers, Sports and IT Minister Tusharkanti Behera emerged the poorest with a total assets of Rs 26 lakh.

Panchayati Raj Minister Pratap Jena remained the second richest with a property of Rs 9,92,44,775, including share of his wife and daughter. His assets have grown around Rs 4.5 crore in a year including movable property of Rs 1,60,30,775.

Health Minister Naba Kishore Das and his family possess cash worth Rs 32 lakh, bank deposits of Rs 1 crore and fixed deposits of over Rs 2 crore. Moreover, he is the only Minister in the State Cabinet who possesses two revolvers and a rifle.

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