Published On: Fri, Apr 13th, 2018

54 out of 71 Uttarakhand MLA’s have not given property info till date

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Since assuming power in Uttarakhand, the BJP government has been saying regarding corruption that it has a zero tolerance policy but the seriousness is not seen. The information provided in the right of information makes it clear. Of the 71 MLAs out of the state, 54 have not yet given their property details. These include Chief Minister, six ministers and Leader of the Opposition. So far 17 legislators, including three ministers, have given the details. However, only seven of them provided information within a period of three months.

Under the provisions of section 3 of the Uttar Pradesh Ministers and MLAs (Publications of Assets and Obligations) Act, 1975, within three months of the appointment of the legislators or elected, the Assembly Secretary has to give details of their property. Although it is voluntary not mandatory After this, every year till June 30, details of property receipts, expenses and liabilities of the previous year have to be given. It is published in the Gazette for the information of the public.
Since the formation of Uttarakhand, a large number of legislators and ministers are not following this tradition.  Present MLAs also do not appear to be serious in giving details of the property. According to RTI activist Nadeemuddin  the information given by the Public Information Officer of Visa on March 28 under the Information Act, the legislators had to give details till June 2017.

So far only 17 legislators, including three cabinet ministers, have given the details of the property. Out of these, seven of the MLAs have given details within the stipulated time. Six MLAs provided the details from July last year till February this year. At the same time, along with seven ministers including Chief Minister, Leader of Opposition and other MLAs have not given the details of the property yet.

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