Name and humiliate IAS officers who fail to file annual property declarations: parliamentary panel

It is compulsory for an IAS agent to submit an annual report of the properties he owns, but there are at least 32 of these staff who have not filed declarations for more than three consecutive years and 44 who do not. have not filed returns for three years. Sixty-four officers have not filed such statements for two years.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) of the Department of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions told a parliamentary standing committee that 158 ​​IAS officers failed to file 2021 property declarations while there were 146 in 2020.

He also told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice headed by BJP Senior MP Sushil Kumar Modi that there were 128 such officers in 2019 and 135 in 2018 who n had not filed the IPRs for 2018.

That prompted the all-party panel to call on the DoPT to name and shame officers in public who don’t file annual returns, even though he said he was concerned about the ‘significant number’ of officers who don’t file. the statements. He said it indicated a “deeper malaise” in the system.

The panel told the department that the denial of vigilance clearance for career building and progression did not work as an effective deterrent. The DoPT had previously ruled that vigilance clearance would be denied to officers who did not submit their previous year’s reports by January 31 of the following year.

This authorization is necessary for the appointment to sensitive posts, the appointment and the deputation among others.

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The committee asked the DoPT to come up with a proposal to effectively tackle the problem and submit a status note within a month.

“The Committee recommends that the DoPT prominently publish the names of roving officers on its website. The Committee also recommends that the DoPT provide the names of the offending officers along with details of the action taken against each officer within one month,” the group’s report on DoPT’s grant applications recently tabled in Parliament.

In accordance with the All India Services (Conduct) Rule of 1968, every member of the Service is required to submit an annual report giving full particulars of the real estate he inherited or owned or acquired or he holds on lease or mortgage, either in his own name or in the name of a member of his family or in the name of any other person. The DoPT has implemented an online filing feature since January 2017.

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