Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Government reveals names of 851 bureaucrats after they fail to furnish their property returns

WHAT could be termed as a possible fall-out of the recent scams that have rocked the government, the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions has revealed the names of 851 officers who failed to submit the annual Immovable Property Returns (IPR) for 2009 despite several reminders. The defaulters’ list comprising the Central Secretariat Service officers above the rank of under secretary has some of secretary equivalent officers too.
As Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh himself handles the personnel ministry now, a section of media reports have suggested that PM is angered at the reluctance of many bureaucrats to declare their assets, and putting the names of the defiant bureaucrats in public domain is just a baby step in this direction.
In a DoPT circular dated December 31, 2010, the ministries are requested to obtain the Immovable Property Returns for 2009 from all defaulting officers. In another circular dated January 6, 2011, all Central Secretariat Service officers are requested to furnish IPRs for 2010 (upto January 1, 2011) by the end of this month. They need to furnish all immovable properties including land, building etc. either owned by them or by their close relatives. The income from those properties, if any, should also be given.

Action and Appointments
a) CMD of National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), Dr HP Kumar received the Icon of the Year Award, for implementing various innovative schemes for the promotion and development of MSME sector in the country. The award was presented by R Bandhopadhaya, secretary, ministry of corporate affairs at the 52nd National Convention of ICWAI held in Chennai.
b) There are reports saying that Arjun Munda-led Jharkhand government is delaying granting approval to CBI to prosecute Pradeep Kumar, IAS, in connection to a Rs130-crore health scam in the state.

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