PMO to put ministers' assets in public domain

Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, Sep 2: With the deadline for Ministers to send in details of their assets expiring on Aug 31, the Prime Minister's Office is compiling the responses received and is planning to put these in public domain in a couple of days.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as per an annual exercise, had asked ministers to declare their assets as also those of their spouses and dependents along with any business interest.

The ministers have been asked to furnish the details by Aug 31 in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Ministers.

PMO sources said the responses have been received and these are being compiled.

The details will be put on the website in a day or two, they said.

In a Jun 2 letter to ministers, the then Cabinet Secretary, K M Chandrasekhar had written, "I have been directed by the Prime Minister to apprise you of the declarations required to be made by a member of the Union Council of Ministers in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Ministers."

He further wrote, "in this connection, I am to inform you that in terms of the Code of Conduct details in respect of assets, liabilities, business interests, conduct and management of any other business and employment of spouse and dependents under a foreign government or organisation are required to be disclosed by the Members of the Union Council of Ministers."


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