NEW DELHI: The government on Saturday released a list of assets owned by Union ministers. Urban development minister Kamal Nath and his family top the charts with a net worth of over Rs 263 crore. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's holdings are a little over Rs 5 crore.
At the bottom of the pile is the low-profile defence minister, A K Antony, who claims he has a paltry Rs 1.8 lakh in bank deposits.
Compare this with their disclosures when they were contesting the 2009 general elections. While the annexure to Nath's affidavit was not available on the Election Commission website, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) put the value of his movable and immovable assets at Rs 15 crore.
In his disclosures on the PMO website, Nath says individually he possesses assets to the tune of Rs 6 crore. His wife, sons, daughter-in-law and their companies together are worth over Rs 260 crore.
Others such as heavy industry minister Praful Patel have seen a more modest rise of 25% - from around Rs 30 crore in 2009 to Rs 40 crore now.
Then, there are the likes of agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, whose asset value (including his wife's and Hindu Undivided Family) have climbed around 43% to about Rs 12.5 crore from Rs 8.7 crore in 2009.