Vohra seeks property details of babus by Jan 31

Vohra seeks property details of babus by Jan 31

Sources said the GAD issued the order in the wake Governor’s recent directions on ensuring good governance by “curbing the menace of corruption in public service delivery.”

Aaking a strong note of the failure of government officials to file their Annual Property Returns (APRs) within the stipulated date, the government led by Governor NN Vohra Wednesday set a deadline of January 31 to file the necessary details. 

To detect any discrepancies, the General Administration Department (GAD) has directed that every department shall constitute a committee to examine the property statements submitted by the officers/officials.  

Sources said the GAD issued the order in the wake Governor’s recent directions on ensuring good governance by “curbing the menace of corruption in public service delivery.”

‘‘It has been observed that the follow-up action for ensuring submission of Property Returns is not undertaken by the concerned departments. In a meeting taken by the Governor to review the vigilance and the related matters, this issue also came up for discussion. The Governor viewed the non-submission of APRs seriously and desired that the list of the officers who have not furnished the Annual Property Returns for the year 2013 be submitted to him,’’ the GAD order read.

It directed all Administrative Secretaries to ensure that Annual Property Returns in respect of gazetted-non-gazetted officers/officials under their administrative control are filed on regular basis.

“Obtain the status in respect of defaulting officers/officials who have failed to submit their Property Returns for the year ending 2013. The particulars of defaulting gazetted officers shall be submitted to the GAD by 10th of February, 2015. In respect of non-gazetted officials, the administrative secretaries shall take a review at their own level and take further action against the defaulting officials as may be required under rules. If needed, cases shall also be referred to the GAD alongwith recommendations against such officials,’’ the order states. 

The GAD order states that a committee shall be constituted by every department to examine the property statements submitted by the officers/officials, and the discrepancies, if any found, pointed out to achieve the objectives of submission of such Property Returns.

The order states that the permission of the competent authority for various purchases is also required to be obtained under the J&K Employees (Conduct) Rules 1956. ‘‘It should be ensured that the provisions of these rules are adhered to by the employees and the property is acquired according to the laid down norms. Timelines be given to the officers/HODs working under the control of Administrative Secretaries to furnish the information in respect of the Property Returns of 2013, which shall in no way be beyond 10th of February 2015,’’ it states.

The order states that the departments shall issue necessary instructions to the subordinate officers/officials to submit the Property Returns of 2014 by or before 31st January 2015 and the list shall be submitted to the GAD by the end of February 2015.

It further states the DPCs shall take special note of as to whether the officers/officials have filed the Annual Property Returns and check the same from the Annual Performance Reports which carry an entry on the date of filing of the Property Returns. 

On January 20, Vohra while reviewing the functioning of the State Vigilance Organization and State Vigilance Commission had maintained that he would not tolerate corruption at any level in the State administration.

He directed the concerned agencies to take ‘‘strong action against all those indulging in such practices” and even directed the GAD to “submit lists of corrupt officers and officials in the State administration within 15 days.”

Most of the Kashmir Administrative Officers and India Administrative Service (IAS) officers (J and K) cadre have failed to put their property statements in public domain.

The IAS and KAS are bound to submit details of their property every year. However, the details posted on the official website of the GAD reveals that most of the IAS and KAS officers are yet to submit their property details. 

Out of 462 KAS officers, only 62 KAS officers have submitted their annual property statements.

The defaulters include eight district deputy commissioners, besides several additional district development commissioners, directors, joint directors, special secretaries, secretaries, additional secretaries, chief executive officers of various authorities and bodies, Project Officers, Sub-divisional magistrates and Collectors.

Similarly out of 142 IAS officers of JK Cadre, only 27 have submitted their property statements. The defaulters including secretaries, financial commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Commissioners holding coveted posts in the administration.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) Government of India had recently had directed all the, IAS, IPS and IFoS officers to file their Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) by this month end.

“If any public servant without any reasonable cause which he shall be required to show fails to submit the return annually, he shall be guilty of committing criminal mis-conduct as specified in clause (e) of sub-section (1) of Section 5 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Samvat 2006 and shall be punishable under the said Act,’’ the GAD order reads.