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Jaitley is richest minister; Modi has assets of Rs 1.26 crore

Jaitley is richest minister Modi has assets of Rs 1 26 crore Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assets worth Rs 1.26 crore, according to details of assets and liabilities of the Union Council of Ministers uploaded on the PMO website on Monday. While finance and defence minister Arun Jaitley turns out to be the richest with assets totaling Rs 72.10 crore, urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu has the least assets totalling Rs 20.45 lakh.

Modi’s assets include Rs 38,700 in cash, bank balance and deposits worth Rs 1,32,698 and Rs 17,00,927 respectively, Rs 20,000 in bonds, Rs 2,35,000 in NSC, Rs 1,99,031 in insurance policies and jewellery and precious items worth Rs 1,20,980. He owns a house in Gandhinagar worth Rs 1 crore.

Interestingly, Modi has made no mention of his spouse Jashodaben’s assets, only filling up the columns against her name with the words “not known”.

As many as 17 of the 22 Cabinet are crorepatis. The five non-crorepatis include Naidu with Rs 20.45 lakh worth of assets, food minister Ram Vilas Paswan with Rs 39.88 lakh assets, labour and employment minister Narendra Singh Tomar with assets worth Rs 44.90 lakh, health minister Harshvardhan with assets of Rs 48.54 lakh and chemicals and fertilisers minister Ananth Kumar with Rs 60.62 lakh in assets.