House panel miffed over IAS officers not filing property returns, wants report on disciplinary action

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : A Parliamentary Panel has come down heavily on 316 members of the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS), who were yet to file immovable property returns for 2020.

The Panel has asked the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to furnish details of disciplinary action against them.

“The Committee is deeply concerned to note that 316 IAS officers are yet to file Immovable Property Returns for 2020,” observed the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, headed by Rajya Sabha MP and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

“The Committee recommends DoPT to furnish details of disciplinary action taken by the Central Government or State Government concerned against each of these 316 officers under appropriate rules,” the House panel directed.

During the examination of Demands for Grants (2020-21), the Committee had been informed that 338 IAS officers had not filed Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) for 2019.

The House panel remarked that such non-compliance makes a case for institution of stringent measures, other than denial of vigilance clearance against the erring officers.

The Committee had recommended to DoPT and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to increase surveillance on the activities of such officials. It also asked the DoPT to furnish a status note, detailing the stringent measures that can be taken against the IAS Officers, who fail to file IPRs within the stipulated time limit.

It was later found that as many as 349 IAS officers had not submitted their Annual Immovable Property Returns for 2020.

“Out of 349 IAS officers who had not filed their IPRs for 2020 (as on January 1, 2021), the IPRs of 33 IAS officers have since been taken on record after due consideration. Hence, there are now 316 IAS officers, who have not filed their IPRs for 2020,” according to 108th report on ‘Action Taken on 106th report of the Committee on Demands for Grants (2021-22),’ pertaining to the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

The report was presented in both Houses of Parliament on December 10.


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