Govt Asks IAS officers to file IPRs By Jan 31

Srinagar: The government on Wednesday asked the IAS officers working in connection with the affairs of the Jammu and Kashmir to observe the instructions in letter and spirit regarding the online filing of Immovable Property Return (IPR).

“Pursuant to the instructions issued by Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India, regarding filing of Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) by the 1AS Officers, various circular instructions have been issued by the GAD from time to time. In terms of Rule 16(2) of AIS (Conduct) Rules, 1968, every member of the service is required to submit his/her annual Immovable Property Return (IPR) by 31st January of the next year, failure whereof constitutes good and sufficient reason for institution of disciplinary proceedings. Moreover, vide notification dated 30.12.2021, Rule 3(1) of IAS (Pay) Rules, 2016 has been amended to make filling of IPR mandatory for being considered for appointment to the next level of pay matrix,” reads a government circular, a copy of which lies with GNS.

An online module has been introduced w.e.f. 01.01.2017 in respect of IAS officers for online filling of IPR. Through this module, every IAS officer can submit his/her IPR either electronically or upload scanned copy of the manually filled in IPR, it said. “This online module closes automatically after the prescribed timeline of 31st January in respect of filling of IPR of preceding year.”

In terms of the extant Rules, the IAS officers have to necessarily file IPRS electronically as there is no provision for submission of IPRS manually. “The timely submission of IPRS, has assumed significance as in terms of DaPT’s instruction late submission of IPR results in denial of vigilance clearance,” the circular reads, adding, “The IAS officers working in connection with the affairs of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir are, accordingly, advised to observe the above instructions in letter & spirit.”(GNS)

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