NEW DELHI:As many as 383 officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have failed to submit their Immovable Property Returns (IPR) this year within the stipulated time period notified by the government. They include 31 officers from the UT cadre, 39 from the Uttar Pradesh cadre, five from Haryana and 52 officers from the Madhya Pradesh cadre.
According to the government’s All-India Service (Conduct) Rules, all IAS officers need to file IPR by January 31 every year failing which they are denied vigilance clearance and are not considered for promotion and empanelment for senior-level posts in the Government of India.
Among the Union Territory (UT) cadre IAS officers in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) list, Renu Sharma of the 1988-batch is serving as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian embassy in Brussels.
Narendra Kumar, also from the same batch, is Principal Secretary Urban Development, while 1990 batch’s Jitendra Narayan is serving as Secretary and Commissioner in the Labour Department and Dr Ashish Chandra Verma is Director in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
In the UT cadre, the highest number of officers to have defaulted is from the 2002 batch. They are Lalhmingthanga, G Ragesh Chandra, P R Meena, V Lalrenthanga and Rodney L Ralte. Three from the 2004 batch—Zothankhuma, serving as Chief GM in Delhi Transport Corporation; Sreekanth T, the Education Department Secretary in Pondicherry; Sanjay Goyal, Deputy Commissioner, Land Revenue Management in Meghalaya—also failed to submit the property returns on time.
In the UP cadre, DoPT has listed Disinvestment Secretary Aradhana Johri (1980-batch officer) in the defaulters’ list. Her batch mate and Principal Secretary in the Vocational Department Shailesh Krishna, also figures in the list.
Kunwar Fateh Bahadur, 1981-batch IAS officer and Principal Secretary (Jails), and Dr Surya Pratap Singh of the 1982 batch, currently serving as Principal Secretary, Industries, are also in the list. In the list of UP cadre, four each from 2004 and 2013 batches, and three each from 1983, 2002 and 2008 batches failed to submit the mandatory details on time.
Among the Haryana cadre officers, Anuradha Gupta (1981 batch), Sanjiv Kumar (1985 batch), Vijaykumar Bhavikatti (2011 batch), Nishant Kumar Yadav (2011) and Pradeeep Dahiya (2013 batch) did not file the IPR. Anuradha, according to the ER sheet of DoPT, is undergoing a training programme in Geneva.
According to data collected through the DoPT website, other cadres have fewer defaulters. Six officers from Chhattisgarh cadre, five from Rajasthan and two each from Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra cadres failed to submit the returns, says the website that has been updated till September 18. The website has clearly stated that the “IAS officers are required to file IPR for the year 2014 by 31.01.2015. The State Governments have to upload these by 28.02.2015.”