Bureaucrats asked to disclose foreign accounts

New Delhi: The BJP government at the Centre asked bureaucrats to disclose their foreign bank accounts along with their spouses and children.

DoPT Secretary Sanjay-Kothari
DoPT Secretary Sanjay-Kothari

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has notified a new form for the employees to declare details of their assets and liabilities, along with that of their spouse and dependent children, which is mandatory under the Lokpal Act.

Bureaucrats are reluctant to put these details in the public domain, following which a new form has been issued.

The form for submission of statement regarding details of their assets and liabilities, is issued on gazette notification dated December 26, 2014

However, the government is still mulling whether such details should be made available to the public.

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

There are about 26,29, 913 central employees in these three categories, as per the government’s latest data.

The existing form for filing this return has fields for mentioning details of cash in hand, bank deposits including foreign banks, 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.

The bureaucrats need to declare foreign bank accounts details,motor vehicles, aircraft, yachts or ships, gold and silver jewellery and bullion possessed by them, their spouses and dependent children.

The DoPT has asked all central government ministries, departments and cadre controlling authorities to issue necessary order for their respective employees to ensure compliance of its order.