Staff told to declare assets but no one responds; divisional commissioners & DMs asked to step in.
With no employee responding to Urban Development and Minorities Welfare Minister Azam Khans directive to declare their assets,the government has now entrusted divisional commissioners and district magistrates with the task of collecting these details from executive officers and other employees of urban local bodies and sending these to the government within seven days.
The minister on March 20 had sent letters to secretaries of Urban Development and Minority Welfare Departments with a direction for employees of these departments across the state to send details of their assets within 15 days. Class IV employees had been exempted. The minister had warned that employees would face inquiry by the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) if they did not comply. The minister had sent copies of letter to the chief minister and chief secretary.
However,no employee from urban local bodies sent property details to Azam until the deadline ended on Thursday. Urban Development Principal Secretary C B Paliwal has now sent an order to all divisional commissioners and district magistrates asking to collect the property details from the executive officers and employees in Nagar Panchayats. Commissioners and DMs have been directed to forward these property details to the government as well as to the director of urban local bodies within seven days.
The government has also written to district magistrates,the vice-chairman of development authorities and municipal commissioners to collect assets details from the employees of UP Palika (Centralised) Services working under them and send that to the government.
In the government order,the principal secretary has asked the employees to send the list of their assets with source of income,mode of acquisition like purchase,lease,mortgage,gifts,with details of persons from whom acquired. The employee will also have to mention the income from these properties,their own salary and present post held.
In the GO,the principal secretary has stated that complaints of corruption and misuse of funds were received against some officers and employees in local bodies and this was maligning the image of the local body concerned. There was a need to control such corrupt practices.
The principal secretary said,If any executive officer or employee does not declare assets,there will be no pressure on him. But in that case,there will be no option except an EOW inquiry against him.
When contacted,Paliwal said that every government employee was supposed to make a declaration of his assets every five years according to service rules. But hardly any employee follows the service rule. This government order is to get the details of the assets of employees, Paliwal said.
Officials in the Minority Welfare Department claimed they were collecting details of assets from employees. An order from the department secretary had been sent to officials in the districts after the ministers directive. We are already collecting the property details of our staff, said Abrar Ahmad,Director of Minority Welfare.