The property declaration report submitted by ministers in the present cabinet reveals that although the national economy is in shambles and the poverty gap is widening, our leaders own stacks of gold and silver and land worth in millions. In a nation with per capita of less than USD 250, it is surprising how politicians have managed to accumulate that kind of wealth.
Although ministers claim family inheritance as the source of their wealth, it is not difficult to see the linkage between the humongous amount of wealth they possess and the corruption charges they face. The frontrunners are the Madhesi leaders who have always managed to remain close to the centres of power.
Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Planning Hridayesh Tripathi has declared gold and silver worth over Rs 15 million, not to mention vast property in Kathmandu and Nawalparasi, his share investments, and a fleet of luxury vehicles. Similarly Minister for Home Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Vijay Kumar Gachhedar also owns gold and silver worth millions along with property in Morang and Sunsari. Minister for Health and Population Rajendra Mahato is not far behind when it comes to owning fixed and movable assets worth millions. Mahato also owns luxurious mansions in Kathmandu and Sarlahi. Among others Jayprakash Prasad Gupta, Nandan Kumar Dutt and Dan Bhahadur Kurmi own large amount of property, land and cash in the bank.