Three out of 10 gazetted officers have failed to file Immovable Property Returns (IPR) to the government despite several reminders and extension of deadline many times. The government has once again warned the officials and directed them to file returns by May 31, or they would be denied promotion and increment.
There are about 1.15 lakh gazetted officers who are posted at government departments and bodies across the state. According to the rules, everyone had to file returns by January 1, 2018. However, thousands did not adhere the rules and failed to submit the returns despite the deadline being extended by May 31.
The Department of Personnel (DoP) in a statement released on Monday said that 25,000 flouted the rules of IPR submission and their returns are still awaited. “Nearly 84,945 gazetted officers have submitted property returns, though 25,000 are yet to file it. Giving last chance, the left out officers are directed to submit the returns by May 31, otherwise they would not be given vigilance clearance, promotion and other benefits to which they are entitled to,” said the department.
According to the sources, technical glitches in filing IPR through SSOID portal resulted in many officers failing to submit the documents. The government had launched SSOID portal to accept the IPR online which was so far manually sent on papers to the Department of Personnel (DoP). January 1, 2018 was the first deadline set for the returns but technical glitches in submitting information cropped up time to time leading to portal inoperative. Among the primary glitches that surfaced in the portal were defunct link of accepting Aadhar no. which is mandatory for every officer. It resulted in fewer receipts of the returns and several complaints reached the DoP in this regard. Taking note of the grievances, the government was forced to extend deadline several times till now. However, the DoP has claimed that glitches have been sorted out and the officers need to file returns by May 31.
What rules say
There are about 1.15 lakh gazetted officers who are posted at government departments and bodies across the state. According to the rules, everyone had to file returns by January 1, 2018. However, thousands failed to submit the returns.
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