Odisha: 90 BJD Zilla Parishad members are crorepati

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Hardeep Singh Bedi

New Delhi: A report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) says that 9o Zilla Parishad members from the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) are crorepatis.

The ADR along with Odisha Election Watch released the report after analysing the self-sworn affidavits of 726 out of 851 Zilla Parishad Members in the Odisha Panchayat Elections 2022.

The rest of the affidavits couldn’t be analysed as they were not available or uploaded on the website at the time of making this report, informed the ADR.

The report says that out of 726 Zilla Parishad members analysed, 95 (13%) are crorepatis.

According to the report, 90 (14%) out of 661 from BJD, 03 (8%) out of 37 from BJP, and 02 (9%) out of 22  Zilla Parishad members from INC have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

TOP THREE CROREPATIS

1. Rebati Nayak of the BJD from Soro 1 Zone in Balasore district declared total assets of Rs. 18,68,57,450

2. Gitarani Malik of the BJD from Bhadrak 2 Zone in Bhadrak district declared total assets of Rs. 17,06,48,000

3. Kunti Pradhan of the BJD from Tangarpali-2 Zone in Sundargarh district declared total assets of Rs 10,21,26,184.

TOP THREE POOR

1. Rina Behera of the BJD from Chilika 2 Zone in Khordha district has declared Zero assets

2. Kuni Nimala of the Indian National Congress (INC) has declared assets of Rs 2000.

3. Biswajit Pradhan of the BJD from Tangi Choudwar 1 Zone in Cuttack district has declared assets of Rs 5000.

PARTY WISE AVERAGE ASSETS

The average of assets per zilla parishad members in the Odisha Zilla Parishad Elections 2022 is Rs 56.60 lakh.

BJD: average asset of 661 BJD zilla parishad members is Rs 58 lakh.

BJP: average asset of 37 BJP zilla parishad members is Rs 48.61 lakh.

INC: average asset of 22 INC Zilla Parishad members is Rs 37.35 lakh.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM): average asset of 03 JMM Zilla Parishad members is Rs 16.08 lakh.

Independent: 02 Independent Zilla Parishad members have average assets worth Rs 41.30 lakh.

SALARY OF ZILLA PARISHAD MEMBERS IN ODISHA

According to the reports, the Odisha government hiked the salaries of Panchayati Raj institutions in the state.

After the hike, Zilla Parishad members in the state will now draw a monthly salary of Rs 7,040 as against Rs 5,630 earlier and the monthly salary of a Zilla Parishad chairman has been hiked to Rs 9,380 from Rs 7,500, respectively.

MOOT QUESTION

Why do crorepati and lakhpati candidates fight elections for a post with such a meagre salary?

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