Bureaucrats who do not declare their assets by January 31 will be denied vigilance clearances needed for promotions and foreign postings
In a move that could force greater transparency in the bureaucracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has decided that bureaucrats who do not disclose details of their assets and liabilities byJanuary 31, 2018 will be rendered disqualified for vigilance clearances that are needed for their promotions and possible foreign postings.
According to news agency PTI, the Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has written to all central government departments, state government and administrations in Union territories urging them to ensure submission of Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) by IAS officers posted with them by January 31, 2018.
“In view of the DoPT’s instructions dated April 4, 2011, it is reiterated that failure to ensure timely submission of IPR would result in denial of vigilance clearance,” establishment officer and additional secretary PK Tripathi has said in the letter.
The deadline for submitting these details had earlier been set at January 1, 2018. However, the government has now given a month-long extension to bureaucrats who have not yet complied with the earlier orders and asked them to submit the IPRs by January 31 instead.
Sources said babus who fail to comply with the order despite the extended deadline will not be considered for promotions and empanelment for senior-level posts in the Union government.
“Those who do not submit property details on time will not be considered for any posts of the Central government including foreign postings,” a senior DoPT official said.
The DoPT has also designed an online module which bureaucrats can log in to for the purpose of filing the property returns. Indian Administrative Service officers have the option of uploading the hard copy of the IPR by January 31 in the online module.
There are 5,004 IAS officers working across the country, according to the DoPT’s latest data. The move by the Centre comes at a time when the government is keen on projecting an image of zero-tolerance towards corruption and showcasing that it is seriously working towards greater transparency.
It may be recalled that when Prime Minister Narendra Modi stunned the country last November with his vastly unpopular and infamous demonetisation move – declaring that this was part of his war against corruption and black money – it had been speculated that his next step in this endeavour could target the bureaucracy.