Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Is Arunachal Pradesh a Monarchy?

Arunachal Pradesh a state in contrast- a plum pudding on the platter for the Chinese
Only politicians make hay in this land of rising sun that is inhabited by about 11 lakh people of 20 major tribes spread over 83743 square kilometer area and divided into 16 districts.

The frontier hill state has the poorest surface communication network, health facilities, education infrastructure in the country. The state has only 16 district hospitals but no referral hospital and no medical college even 37 years after attaining statehood. It has only nine community health centre (CHCs) against the requirement of 176 as per official figures.

The literacy rate is only 44.24 while 33.47 per cent people are living below poverty line against national average of 26.10 per cent.

But that doesn't deter politicians from getting richer and richer after every election. For instance, the incumbent Congress Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who has been elected unopposed for the three consecutive times from Mukto LAC in bordering Tawang district, has emerged the richest politician in the state since he became Chief Minister after 2004 Assembly election.

The Hindu: Sushanta Talukdar: 05 oct 2009
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has lawfully declared that he and his four wives possess movable and immovable assets worth more than Rs. 21 crore.

Of these, the bank deposits of Mr. Khandu and his wives account for Rs. 18.10 crore. He also has financial instruments worth Rs. 1 crore.

Among the immovable assets, the Chief Minister possesses a 300-square meter plot at Gurgaon DLF Phase II. Its official market value is Rs. 37.50 lakh. A building erected on this plot has been valued at Rs. 37.50 lakh. Mr. Khandu also owns immovable property at Itanagar and Tawang, with their market value being Rs. 71 lakh.

Mr. Khandu has disclosed his assets in his affidavit filed with the Election Commission for the October 13 Assembly polls. He has been declared elected unopposed for a record third time from his Mukto constituency in Tawang district that borders China and is a strong contender for the top post this time too. His educational qualification as disclosed in the affidavit is Class VIII in Bhoti language. A comparison with Mr. Khandu’s assets and liabilities disclosed in his affidavit filed for the 2004 Assembly polls shows his assets have increased by more than five times.

His fourth marriage also happened during this five-year term. According to the 2004 affidavit, the total movable and immovable assets of Mr. Khandu and his first three wives was Rs 4.19 crore. As on September 21 this year, Mr. Khandu has Rs.15 crore in bank deposit, while his first wife Leki Zangmu has Rs. 10 lakh, second wife Rinchin Drema Rs. 1 crore, and third wife Nima Zangmu and fourth wife Karma Yotun Rs. 1 crore each.

A sum of Rs. 25 lakh is the cash Mr. Khandu has in hand, and his four wives Rs. 21 lakh. In 2004, Mr. Khandu had a total bank deposit of Rs. 2 crore and Rs. 5 lakh in hand.

As per the 2009 affidavit, the Chief Minister owns no vehicle, but his first wife has a Santro, second wife a Santro and a Scorpio, third wife a Santro and a Scorpio while the fourth wife has a Scorpio. Mr. Khandu has seven tolas of gold jewels valued at Rs.1.26 lakh; his first wife also possesses an equal amount of gold. The second, third and fourth wives have eight tolas of gold worth Rs 1.44 lakh each.
Khandu, wives own assets worth over Rs. 21 crore

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