Published On: Mon, Sep 14th, 2015

15 percent IAS officers submit ‘Nil’ property returns

New Delhi: Of the around 3,600 IAS officers who have been filing immoveable property returns (IPR) since 2010, 559 or 14.5% declared that they have submitted their ‘Nil’ Immovable Property Returns (IPR) to the Centre for the year 2014.

DoPT Secretary Sanjay Kothari

DoPT Secretary Sanjay Kothari

The highest number of officers who claimed to own no property were from Uttar Pradesh (57), followed by Madhya Pradesh (42), AGMUT (37), Maharashtra (33) and Tamil Nadu (31).

Former chief information commissioner and erstwhile bureaucrat Wajahat Habibullah said, “It is possible for 14.5% of the officers not to have any property but I won’t think it is credible. It is a somewhat high number for officials or their spouses not to have any property.”

He added that officers at the beginning of their career may not have property but by mid-career, most of them did.

DoPT has also developed an online system named Property Related Information System (Prism) for IAS officers to file their revised property returns.

All India Services (Conduct) Rules 1968 says,”every member of the all-India service shall submit an annual return in such a form as may be prescribed by the government in this regard giving full particulars regarding the immovable property inherited by him or owned or acquired by him or held by him on lease or mortgage, either in his own name or in the name of any member of his family or in the name of any other person.”

Inputs with TNN

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