Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh has been promising to double the income of farmers in the state to make farming a profit-making proposition. No one knows whether the farmers – who form the biggest chunk of the state’s population – are earning more than they were five years back. But what is certain that the netas have grown richer in the past five years.
In the past five years, the annual per capita income of the state has grown by 53.31 per cent. It was Rs 52,000 in 2013 and is Rs 80,000 now.
Prosperity all around
Now, compare these figures with the income of the MLAs. The affidavits filed by 169 current MLAs, who are again in the fray, show that their income has grown by 153.56 per cent in the same period. Their average income annual income in 2013 was Rs 18.87 lakh and now it is Rs 23.65 lakh.
Interestingly, the income of the MLAs belonging to the opposition Congress party has grown faster than those of the ruling BJP. The income of Congress MLAs has grown by 208.36 per cent and those of the BJP by 137.6 per cent.
Home minister’s income up 12 times
Of the 28 ministers who are again in the fray, the income of 23 has grown by leaps and bounds. The income of state home minister Bhupendra Singh is up by a whopping 1,229.76 per cent.
BJP MLA Sanjay Sharma (who has now joined the Congress) has surpassed the minister. His income has grown 1,334 per cent in the past five years. In 2013, he was earning just Rs 3.44 lakh per year. And now his annual income is Rs 63.09 lakh. Some prosperity this!
(Story: Harikrishna Dubolia)