Disclose property by Jul 15 or face action: MHA

New Delhi: Union Home Ministry has issued a fresh deadline of July 15 for IPS officers to submit their annual immovable property returns (IPRs), failing which they will not be promoted and given other benefits which include posting at the Centre. In a fresh circular sent to all state Home Secretaries, Joint Secretary K K Mittal in the Home Ministry asked 550 IPS officials to submit their IPRs positively by July 15.

"IPS officers who have not submitted their IPRs for the year 2011 will be denied vigilance clearance for promotion, empanelment, other nominations for training and awards," the circular said while directing strict compliance. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had on Friday expressed his unhappiness over non-filing of IPRs by the IPS officers.

He had said in case of officers who claim to have submitted their IPRs to the state government but which are yet to be forwarded, they should submit a copy directly to the central government. As many as 550 officers of the 3,325-strong IPS cadre have failed to meet the earlier two deadlines of January 31 and June 15 to file their IPRs. In the fresh circular, the state governments have been furnished the list of the defaulting officers.

According to All India Service Rules, every member of the IPS shall submit his or her return of the property by January 31 every year in respect of the previous year. As per MHA`s website, Uttar Pradesh tops the list of defaulting IPS officers with 81 of a sanctioned strength of 317 having not submitted their IPRs while Odisha has an outstanding of only eight IPS officers out of 107, who have failed to provide the information.

Among other states, there are 76 defaulters from Karnataka, 33 (Jharkhand), 29 (Andhra Pradesh), 26 (Jammu and Kashmir), 23 each from Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh, 20 (Himachal Pradesh), 18 (Gujarat) and 17 (Tamil Nadu).

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