Government employees should file details of their assets and liabilities without fail and within the prescribed time under the Lokpal Act, the Centre has said. The first return under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act as on August 1, 2014 should be filed on or before April 30, 2015, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
The next annual return under the Act for the year ending March 31, 2015, should be filed on or before July 31, this year, it said.
The declarations under the Lokpal Act are in addition to the Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) filed by them under existing services rules. All Ministries and Departments should ensure that the information and returns regarding movable and immovable property under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act is submitted by all officers within the stipulated period without fail, the order said.
For filing annual return under the Act, new forms have been developed in the web based cadre management system which is hosted at www.cscms.nic.in.
“Returns under Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act should be submitted by all Central Secretariat Service officers through web based cadre management system,” it said. The DoPT had last year notified the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2014.
As per the rules, every public servant shall file the returns of his assets and liabilities, including that of his spouse and dependent family members, on March 31 every year on or before July 31 of that year. For 2014, the date for filing these returns was September 15 last, which was later extended to December-end and now till April 30, 2015. All Group A, B, and C employees are supposed to file a declaration under the new rules.Hindu