Babus have to declare assets

All central government employees will now have to declare their immovable/movable assets and liabilities as well as those of their spouses and dependents by July 31 every year. The Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limited for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 make it mandatory for central government employees to file a statement listing their and their spouse/dependents' cash in hand, bank deposits, investments in bonds, debentures, shares and units in companies and MFs, long-term savings, insurance policies, PF, loans & advances, cars/aircraft/yacht/ships; and jewellery. The declaration must record value of these items as on March 31 and filed with the competent authority by July 31 of that year.
For the current year, the public servants who have filed such returns of property under various service rules, will have to file revised declarations of assets and liabilities as on August 1 by September 15.
The competent authority may, however, exempt the public servant from filing information in respect of any asset if its value does not exceed his/her fourth months’ basic pay or Rs.2 lakh, whichever is higher. The reasons for the exemption may be recorded in writing.
DoPT notified the new rules last week under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. These empower the Centre to prescribe a form for annual returns to be filed by a public servant.

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