11 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Who will bell the cat?

Though the government simplified the process of filing immovable property returns for babus in 2016, there has not been much change in their attitude. Despite the expiry of deadline for filing immovable property returns (IPRs) for 2018, 340 IAS officers are yet to file their details. The last date for submitting IPRs for 2018 was January 31. Sources say that the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has sent several reminders, the latest one coming on February 7, 2019. The letter, issued to all states, warns that the failure to submit property details may have serious consequences. Apparently, failure to file the mandatory IPRs may lead to denial of vigilance clearance to IAS officers for their inclusion in the offer list, empanelment, any deputation for which Central government clearance is necessary including deputation under AIS cadre rules, appointment to sensitive posts, assignment to training programmes (except mandatory training), premature repatriation to the cadre etc. The recalcitrant babus will of course fall in line in due course, but clearly it is one task that they undertake most reluctantly. And with elections around the corner, the next Government will have to bell this cat.

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