Bhubaneswar, Nov 2 (LocalWire) Naveen Patnaik government’s 5T initiative to get closure to the people have come in for criticism with Transparency International India today claiming that two of the 5Ts, Transparency and Time, are missing in the scheme of things of the chief minister and other ministers.
Patnaik government claims of total transparency in governance. But, the council of ministers including chief minister are yet to make public their properties for last fiscal year. The deadline for filing the assets and liabilities was August 2019, Biswajit Mohanty, member of the organization said in a petition addressed to the chief minister.
“Disclose your own statement of assets and liabilities and direct all ministers to submit the same with real market value up to March 2019”, he said.
“I am pleased to see that the Prime Minister of India as well as all Ministers of Government of India have made up to date disclosure of assets and liabilities as on 31.5.2019 in the official website of Govt. of India “, Mohanty said.
However, in the CMO website the last statement of assets and liabilities of all Odisha ministers is for 2017-18 though it is required to be disclosed every year. “This is a violation of the Code of Conduct for Ministers issued by Home Department of Government of India”, Mohanty said.
According to the Code of Conduct, all Ministers are required to declare their assets and liabilities by 31st August every year and the deadline for disclosure has expired two months ago, he said.
“Similar lapses have been occurring since last seven years and disclosures are being made only after I file complaints . I wonder why it can’t be done suo moto without the citizen pointing it out ?”, Mohanty asked.
Mohanty said that many statements furnished by ministers are not complete disclosures as they are not based on real market value. “A good check on corruption would be to assess the changes in the asset values which can only be known if your Ministers file up-to-date valuations”, he said.