Mumbai:  A directive from Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan seems to have fallen on deaf ears as only 40 percent of Maharashtra ministers have declared their assets so far.
   
After he was sworn in as the Chief Minister in November 2010, Chavan had asked his ministers to declare their assets, so that people have greater faith in the government.
   
However, only 40 percent of the 40 ministers in the state ministry have given details of their assets to the chief minister's office, a Right to Information (RTI) Act query has revealed.
   
RTI activist Anil Galgali had sought details of the educational qualifications of all ministers and details of the assets declared by them to the CM's office.
   
According to him, only 16 ministers — eight each from the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) — have declared their assets.
   
Prominent among them are Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal, Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, Rajendra Darda, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Shivajirao Moghe, Madhukarrao Chavan, Suresh Shetty, Sanjay Deotale, Sunil Tatkare, Anil Deshmukh, Manoharrao Naik, Hassan Mushrif, Fauzia Khan and D P Sawant.
   
"The public information officer, however, refused to share details of the ministers' assets, saying it will not be beneficial to the public in any way and that it was in a sealed format," Galgali said.
   
The RTI activist said he would file another appeal seeking details of the assets.

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