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Govt asks employees to file assets details for three years by July

DoPT asks secretaries of all central ministries, chief secretaries of state govts to ensure that employees working under their control file the declarations in time

New Delhi: All Central government employees were on Tuesday told to file details of their assets and liabilities, along with that of their spouses and dependent children, as part of mandatory obligations under Lokpal Act by July.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has asked secretaries of all Central government ministries and chief secretaries of state governments to ensure that employees working under their control file the declarations in time.

The move comes as the deadline for filing of these returns was on Monday extended for the fifth time, till 31 July. Employees have to file three declarations — one each for 2014, 2015 and 2016. There are about 50 lakh Central government employees.

The declarations under the Lokpal law are in addition to similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules. Employees have to give details like cash in hand, bank deposits both in domestic and in foreign, investment in bonds, debentures, shares and units in companies or mutual funds, insurance policies, provident fund, personal loans and advance given to any person or entity, among others.

They also have to declare expensive furniture, fixtures, antiques, paintings and electronic equipment if the total current value of any particular asset in any particular category (e.g. furniture, fixtures, electronic equipments) exceeds two months’ basic pay or 1lakh.

As per rules, notified under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, every public servant shall file declaration, information and annual returns pertaining to his assets and liabilities as on 31 March every year or on or before 31 July of that year. For 2014, the last date for filing returns was 15 September of that year.

It was first extended till December 2014, then till 30 April 2015 and third extension was up to 15 October. The date was then extended to 15 April, this year for filing of returns for 2014 and 2015. Now it has been extended till 31 July 2016 and employees have to file one returns each for 2014, 2015 and 2016 by this new date.

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