MANIK SARKAR ( BORN 1949 ) IS THE POOREST CHIEF MINISTER IN INDIA
He does not smoke and is a teetotaler . He neither owns land nor a house. Just a Bicycle is all that can be seen in his house apart from the Government vehicle that he uses only for his official duties. His wife goes to shopping in an Auto rickshaw Paying from her own pocket. He donates his allowances and salary to the Party and then gets a sum of Rs5000/= per month from the party as subsistence allowance .
His wife Panchaali Battacharya retired from a Government Job and they manage their affairs from the subsistence allowance Paid to him and Monthly pension of his wife .
A commerce Graduate and son of a tailor , he donated his family house in Agartala to a poor relative after his mother died .
He is Manik Sarkar Chief Minister of Tripura for the last 15 years . Even his worst critic salutes him for his transparency , Honesty and integrity .
In the last elections to the state Assembly ,Sarkar, had declared Rs 9, 720 cash in bank and Rs 1, 080 cash in hand . As per details submitted by Sarkar, he had never invested in jewellery, shares, bonds, or any other investment modes.
The 59-year-old Marxist who has no land, no vehicle and no other moveable or immoveable assets Informs :
“I have never felt ashamed of my poverty . It has been enforced as self discipline and transparency . I rather feel proud about the same. "
In Tripura ,You will not find any officer using Government Vehicle for private purpose . Tripura is a performing State that has been successfully kept free from Naxalism. It has the Highest Literacy rate not only NE States but in entire country now.The state is keen to supply at least 100 MW of electricity to power-starved Bangladesh since it has become a power surplus state.
Apart from honesty, Mr Manik Sarkar has been totally involved for the development of the state which includes connectivity and IT sector . He is also responsible for bringing the Concept of public-private partnership to so many development Projects of the state .
(Autar Mota )
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