IAS officers asked to file online IPRs

Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday asked all Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers to file their Immovable Property Return (IPR) electronically.

According to a circular number 25-GAD of 2019, dated April 23, 2019, department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India vide D.O. No.6 (l)/2014-EO (PR) dated 4th December, 2018, has referred to Rule 16(2) of AIS (Conduct) Rules, 1968 which entails that every member of the service to submit annual Immovable Property Return (IPR) by 31st January of the next year, failure whereof constitutes good and sufficient reason for institution of disciplinary proceedings.

The circular reads that an online module has been introduced with effect from 1 January, 2017 in respect of IAS officers for online filing of IPR, through which every IAS officer can submit his IPR either electronically or upload scanned copy of the manually filled in IPR.

This online module closes automatically after the prescribed timeline of 31 January of every year in respect of the filing of IPR of preceding year.

The government has been observed that some IAS officers of the state cadre have not submitted their IPRs for the year 2018 electronically but have submitted hard copy manually in the General Administration Department, the order stated.

It said that 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 DoPT instructions late submission of IPR results in denial of Vigilance clearance.

The IAS officers working in connection with the affairs of the Jammu and Kashmir State are accordingly advised to observe the above instructions in letter & spirit.