Srinagar, July 01: The Jammu and Kashmir Union territory government has asked all the departments to send a copy of annual property returns of employees without any further delay.
Sources told news agency KINS that due to the covid-19 situation in the Union territory, property statements in government departments, if submitted from the employees, were not being put under examination and even more no check and balance were maintained by the government.
However sources said that now the government has directed all the controlling/drawing and disbursing officers to strictly direct all the officers/officials to furnish the statements in time and that any lapse will be reflected in the APRs/ACRs.
Official sources also said that there was a huge default in the submission of the property statements by the employees of various departments who are bound under the government ruling to submit property statements.
Sources said that the government in its directions has directed all the controlling/drawing and disbursing officers to direct all the officers/officials to furnish the property statements.
The direction reads, “it has been noticed with concern that officers/officials are not submitting the requisite annual property return statements to the competent authorities resulting in to no compliance of standing government instructions issued from time to time in this regard,”
As per the provisions of Jammu and Kashmir Public Men and Public Servants Declaration of Assets and Other Provisions Act, 1983, amended thereafter from time to time, every Government servant has to submit to the Prescribed Authority, a return of all the assets possessed by him/her and his/her family members within three months after he/she becomes a Government servant.
“It is Clearfield here that rules clearly indicate that every public servant has to submit Annual property return statements of the assets held by him and his family members in the month of January every year and shall indicate the reason for increasing, if any, in the assets and source thereof.
“Further the members of all India Services (IFS) are also required to proceed in advance with Rule 16 of All India services (conduct) Rule 1968 read with DoP&T, MOPG&P Government of India’s.) No 6(1(2014-EO (PR) dated 22.12.2016 where under every member is required to submit the detailed property returns to the prescribed authority,” the circular reads.
The direction further reads that keeping in view the above, all the controlling /drawing and disbursing officers are advised to direct all the officers/officials working under the respective control/jurisdiction to furnish the requisite Annual property return statement to the respective competent authorities. “Any lapse report in this regard shall be viewed seriously and also will be reflected in the APRs/ACRs of the concerned officers/officials which may be noted”.
Sources said that the direction was forwarded to all the officials of the departments