Ramakanta Biswas

In a move to ensure the filing of annual property statement by all staff, the Odisha Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Department has warned to withhold their salaries if the employees fail to submit the details by the end of this month. 

Submission of the Annual Property Statement is a mandatory requirement for all government officials of the state as per the principles outlined under Odisha Government Service Conduct (Amendment) Rules, 2021.

“The GA & PG Department vide letter No.2436 dt. 31.12.2022 has advised all the employees to submit their Annual Property Statement (as on January) for the year 2022 online through the HRMS, latest by 31.01.2023. This is all the more important, as submission of the property statements is a pre-requisite for consideration of officials for promotion to the next higher grade,” the Principal Secretary of the department said.

“This is hereby directed that every government servant of this department must submit the property statement in the given format online in the HRMS portal by end of January, 2023, failing which their salaries for February, 2023 onwards would not be drawn till they file the statement,”  the letter added.  

As per the order, the concerned officers dealing with Office Establishment will submit the list of defaulting officials to the DDOs concerned for appropriate action. 

The latter clarified that the rule is applicable to even the All India Service officers like IAS, IPS and IFS officers.

“I also must make it clear that this directive is applicable to All India Service officers of this department including the undersigned,” the letter added.

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