Srinagar: Nearly 500 IAS and KAS officers are yet to submit their Annual Property Returns (APRs) even as the government has asked administrative secretaries to forward the list of defaulting gazetted officers to General Administration Department by February 10.
As per Jammu and Kashmir Public Men and Public Servants Declaration of Assets and other Provisions Act, 1983, every public servant including an IAS or a KAS officer is required to submit annual returns of the assets held by him/her and the family members to GAD in January every year.
They are also required to indicate the reasons for increase, if any, in the assets and source as per the Act. The Act and Rules provide for imposing a penalty for non-submission of the property returns.
As per Section-11 of the Act, if any public servant without any reasonable cause fails to submit the return annually, he or she shall be guilty of committing “criminal misconduct.”
Sources said that among the bureaucrats who are yet to submit their APRs, 71 are IAS while 399 are KAS officers.
Prominent among the IAS officers who are yet to submit the details include Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday; Principal Secretary to Governor Pradip Kumar Tripathi; Principal Secretary PDD Arun Kumar Mehta; member J&K Special Tribunal Shaleen Kabra; advisor Planning Commission of India Dheeraj Gupta; Commissioner Secretary PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Pawan Kumar Kotwal; Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical Education Department Gazzanfar Hussain; chairman SSB Shugufta Parveen; Secretary CAPD Baseer Ahmad Khan; Secretary Education Nirmal Sharma; and Vice-Chairman LAWDA Abdul Latief Deva.
The details about non-submission of APRs by IAS and KAS officers are also reflected in official website of the GAD.
The issue regarding non-submission of APRs by the public servants came under discussion during a meeting chaired by Governor Vohra recently. Vohra viewed it seriously and had directed that the list of the officers who have not furnished the APRs for 2013 be submitted to him.
Consequent upon the review meeting, the government on Wednesday issued instructions, directing all administrative secretaries to ensure that APRs in respect of gazetted and non-gazetted workforce under their administrative control are filed on regular basis and status obtained regarding the defaulting employees for the year ending 2013.
“The particulars of defaulting gazetted officers shall be submitted to the GAD by February 10,” an official statement here said.
In respect of non-gazetted officials, the order says that the administrative secretaries shall take a review at their own level and take further action against the defaulters as provided under rules.
“If needed be, cases shall also be referred to the GAD along with recommendations against such officials.”
The government has also directed constitution of a committee by every department to examine the property statements submitted by the officers and the officials.
“The discrepancies, if any found, be pointed out so as to achieve the objectives of submission of such property returns,” the government said.
It has also directed the concerned to ensure adherence to the provisions by the employees where permission of the competent authority for various purchases is required to be obtained under the J&K Employees (Conduct) Rules 1956.
“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 February 10,” reads the order.
The departments, it said, shall issue necessary instructions to the subordinate officers to submit the Property Returns of 2014 by or before the end of January. The list, it said, shall be submitted to the GAD by the end of February.