The government is considering strict action, including withholding of annual increment, against the defaulters of submission of property details. The government has already issued repeated reminders to a number of officials of Central Secretariat Service (Under Secretary and above level) seeking their Immovable Property Returns (IPRs).
“Despite this, some of them have not submitted IPRs. It has been noted that many of them give details of the returns much beyond the due date which cause a lot of managerial inconvenience. The government is considering strict action against some officials,” a Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) official said.
He said there have been such instances of non-submission or delayed submission of IPRs by members of All India Services, including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) also.
DoPT officials said the Ministry of Personnel has already told all the government departments that vigilance clearance and empanelment at the Centre would be denied to the officials who fail to give their IPRs in time.
Besides, it has directed that late submission or non-submission of IPR be included in the relevant Annual Performance Appraisal Report of the officer concerned.
“The government is considering further stern action, including withholding the annual increment of the defaulter. The DoPT will move a proposal in this regard soon,” the official said.
Source: The Economic Times