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Declare property by month end: DoPT to bureaucrats

Hours after Central government’s directive to all Indian Administrative Service (IAS) to file their Immovable Property Returns by this month end, IAS Lov Verma, of 1978 batch from Uttar Pradesh who is yet to file his return was given charge of the post of Chairperson, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

Dismayed over complacency by the IAS, Indian Police Service (IPS) and India Forest Service (IFS), the government has decided to go strict on them and sent individual reminders to all the officers to file the returns immediately.

At initial phase more than 3000 letters were sent to them and in second phase remaining letters will be sent to them. “These returns are in addition to the new ones now required to be submitted by the officers under the new provisions of the Lokpal Act by April this year,” sources said.

According to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the government has also asked the concerned authorities to harmonize the respective service rules in such a way that the officers are not asked to file same property details twice annually. The order said, the officers of all India services have also been asked to file their assets details by April. Interestingly, the present Chief Secretary Deepak Mohan Spolia, who was appointed by former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, too failed to submit the property returns till Saturday. Spolia, an IAS officer of 1979 batch (UT cadre), took charge as a Chief Secretary of Delhi on January 1, 2013.

A senior official at the DoPT said, “It is very unfortunate that such senior bureaucrats are giving a no care attitude to submit returns. The former and the present chief secretary both failed to submit the return.”

The list also includes a ‘controversial IAS officer, Parimal Rai. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started a case against him in connection with the alleged graft in contracts for up-gradation of Shivaji Stadium during 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Rai, a 1985-batch IAS from UT cadre, headed the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) for a four-year period between 2007 and 2011.

As per the Lokpal Act, every public servant shall file the returns of his assets and liabilities, including that of his spouse and dependent family members, on March 31 every year on or before July 31 of that year. For the current year, the last date for filing these returns was September 15, which was later extended to December-end and now till April 30.
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