Govt cracks whip on bureaucrats to file IPRs

Bhubaneswar: Acting tough on the Central Service Officers (IAS) and Orissa Administrative Service (OAS) officers, the state government on Wednesday asked the officers to file immovable property returns by April 20.

As per a circular issued today, the bureaucrats need to file annual property returns failing which vigilance clearance and promotion would be blocked.

A circular has been issued to the officers who have not filed immovable property returns, Chief Secretary B K Patnaik informed.

“If the officers have not submitted annual property returns then we would give instructions to file details within the deadline,” Chief Secretary B K Patnaik said.

According to a RTI query, as many as 171 OAS officers failed to file annual property returns.

“Senior officers have not filed annual property returns and the state government has also not asked for it,” social activist Biswapriya Kanungo said.

Earlier, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had issued circular to all state governments in this regard. The details of the officers who fail to comply with the filing would be published in the Central government’s website.

As per All India Service (Conduct) Rules 1968, all the members of the service are required to submit their Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) latest by 31st January every year. As this was grossly violated, the Central government took a strong note of it and decided to put the officers’ property details in public domain.