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Lokpal: Babus may be spared from filing property returns twice

Central government employees may be exempted from filing details of their assets and liabilities twice -- as mandated under Lokpal Act and other service rules governing them -- as the Centre has suggested a way out.

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. These returns are in addition to the similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules.

“The requirement of filing returns regarding assets and liabilities under the Lokpal Act is in addition to, and not in derogation or suppression of the requirement of filing of property returns under the existing conduct rules.

“In view of this, the requirement of filing of property returns under the existing conduct rules is an independent requirement under the applicable rules and the same can be dispensed with, only by amending those rules,” the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
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