Published On: Mon, Oct 12th, 2015

Extension in date for filing property returns under Lokpal on officials’ request: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi: The six months extension in deadline for central government employees to file details of their assets is done on the basis of public servants’ request, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said here today.

Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh

Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh

The Personnel Ministry had yesterday extended by six months, till April 15 next year, the deadline for the employees to file details of their assets and liabilities along with that of their spouses and dependent children.

This is the fourth extension in the time limit for filing the details which had come four days ahead of the last deadline.

“There have been request from the employees, including IAS officers, to extend the dateline. The extension has been done on the basis of their request,” the Minister told PTI.

Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, said the government is yet to receive a report from a Parliamentary Standing committee examining the provisions of the Lokpal Act in this regard.

The 31-member Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, headed by Congress MP E M Sudarsana Natchiappan, is examining a bill to amend provisions of Lokpal Act including those related to filing of the assets by public servants.

“The last date for filing of revised returns by public servants is further extended from October 15, to April 15, 2016,” an order issued by the Personnel Ministry has said.

The declarations under the Lokpal Act are in addition to similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules. All Group A, B and C employees are supposed to file a declaration under the Lokpal Act.

As per rules, notified under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, every public servant shall file declaration, information and annual returns pertaining to his assets and liabilities as on March 31 every year or on or before July 31 of that year.

With yesterday’s order, employees will have to file the assets details for two years–2014 and 2015–by April 15.

For 2014, the last date for filing returns was September 15 of last year, which has been extended thrice.

It was first extended till December last year, then till April 30, this year and third extension was up to October 15.

The employees will have to file revised returns twice — one for 2014 (giving details of the assets as on August 1, 2014) and another for 2015 (mentioning information of the assets as on March 31, 2015) — by the latest deadline.

Employees need to give details like cash in hand, bank deposits, investment in bonds, debentures, shares and units in companies or mutual funds, insurance policies, provident fund, personal loans and advance given to any person or entity, among others.

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