Prime Minister Narendra Modi inducted 43 new union ministers into his new cabinet 2.0 recently. This cabinet is called ‘Young India’. However, 12 senior ministers who held important portfolios in Modi’s cabinet were removed.
Two election watch bodies, National Election Watch and Association for Democratic reforms studied, the educational, financial and criminal backgrounds of all 78 ministers.
The new ministers declared their assets during the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Elections. There are ministers who are the richest, poorest in the new cabinet. But, most importantly, more number of ministers have criminal charges over them.
Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia is the richest Minister in the Union Cabinet. He owns assets worth 379 crores. His assets show that he has movable properties worth 50 crore and 328 crore immovable property. He is the richest minister in the Cabinet.
He is followed by Piyush Goyal, who has total assets of 95 crore. Narayan Tutu Rane owns 87 crore, Rajeev Chandrashekar owns 64 crore. 4 ministers own assets worth more than 50 crore.
Nisith Pramanik, a minister who represent Cooch Behar Constituency in West Bengal has the highest number of criminal cases registered on him. He has a total of 11 criminal cases on him. Moreover, another BJP minister John Barla has 9 cases on him.
Out of 78 ministers, 33 of them have criminal charges on them. It means that 42% of the Cabinet ministers have criminal background or charges registered on them.
The ministers with criminal charges on them include, Home Minister Amit shah, Girirgaj Singh, Shobha Karandlaje, Nityanad Rai, Prahlad Joshi.
The educational qualifications of most of the ministers is not up to the mark.
8th Pass -2
10th Pass -3
12th Pass – 0
Graduate professional -17
Post Graduate -21