The Ministry of Home Affairs has given another two weeks time to 550 IPS officers who have not yet submitted their annual property returns for the year 2011,failing which their promotions and empanelment processes would be denied.
The ministry has put out a state-wise list of IPS officers who have missed the January 31,2012,deadline for the submission of immovable property returns and not responded to reminders thereafter. They have now been asked to submit the same latest by July 15.
IPS officers who have not submitted their IPRs (immovable property returns) for the year 2011 will be denied vigilance clearance for promotion,empanelment,other nomination for training,awards etc, a letter circulated to all state governments on June 27 said.
Every IPS officer is required under the All India Service Conduct Rules to submit by January 31 every year a return of property in prescribed form for the previous year.
The defaulting officers were issued a warning by Home Minister P Chidambaram too in his monthly press conference last week.
The IPS cadre has a strength of 3,325 officers. Of these,property returns for the year 2011 of 550 officers have not yet been received by MHA,although the due date of 31st January,2012 is long over. State governments had been requested to secure the Property Returns of these officers. all IPS officers are put on notice that they are obliged to submit their property returns and,if they have not done so,they should do so immediately, Chidambaram had said.
The largest number of defaulting IPS officers come from the states of Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka,with 81 and 75 officers,respectively. Nagaland,Orissa and Chhattisgarh have among the lowest number of defaulters. Most states have between 20 and 30 officials who have not submitted their property returns.
Chidambaram had said some officials had informed that they had submitted their returns to their cadre state but it had not been forwarded to the Central government. To such officers,the MHA has advised to send copies of the returns directly to the Central government.