After IAS – Property disclosure must for IPS officers

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of Centre acting tough on the Central Service Officers (IAS), the government has made disclosure of property details by IPS officers mandatory before they are promoted.

Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, in a communication to all state governments had declared the deadline of May 15 for the year 2010 to file the immovable property returns (IPR) for IPS officers.

According to the circular, for the IPS officers who do not file their IPR, vigilance clearance will be held back, their promotion prospects and central deputation will also be blocked.

According to a recent circular by Union Ministry of Home Affairs, it has been decided that the officers, who do not submit the property return in time, would be denied vigilance clearance and will not be considered for promotion and empanelment for senior level posts in Government of India.
“Every year an officer should file his or her IPR. There are instances when some do not do it. Considering now corruption is taking place everywhere, this time the Government has become very strict with its decisions, ” said S.N. Tiwari, former Police DG. 

“Government’s decision to stop the promotion of an officer is a right step, since there are so many officers who have been defaulters for many years,” said Bipin Bihari Mishra, Former DG.  

Earlier, a similar letter was issued by Department of Personnel and Training to all the state governments in which it was binding on the Central Service Officers (IAS) to file annual property returns. 

As per All India Service (Conduct) Rules 1968, all the members of the service are required to submit their IPRs latest by 31st January every year. As this was grossly violated, the Central Government drastically decided to put the officers’ property details in public domain.

Similarly, for Orissa Administrative Service (OAS) officers, there are Service (Conduct) Rules which are only applied for the state.

Last year alone, 29 defaulting IAS and 171 defaulting OAS officers were spotted through the Right to Information Act. Now in the state there are 158 IAS officers and 99 IPS officers.