Bihar IAS officers on deputation will have to declare assets

Patna, Apr 14 (PTI) Bihar Government has made it mandatory for all IAS Officers of the state cadre on deputation to Centre to submit the details of their assets on the lines of those serving in the state by the end of April 2011. “It has been made mandatory for all the IAS officers of the Bihar cadre on deputation to the Union Government to furnish the asset declaration forms to the government by the end of this month,” General Administration Department (GAD) sources said. About 20 of the total 42 IAS officers serving at the Centre did not comply with the GAD’s directive despite repeated reminders, sources said. The last date of filing the asset returns by all bureaucrats and employees was February 28. The government has also issued a warning that those ignoring the order will not get their salaries for this month. “We’ll act tough if they do not comply by the end of this month,” they said, adding a reminder to all officers on central deputation to submit their asset forms at the earliest would be sent latest by this week. The NDA Government has earned a lot of praise by going ahead with its promise to put the asset declaration of bureaucrats on the web. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi, besides their 28 other cabinet colleagues have already declared their assets which are now available on the government websites. More than 4.5 lakh government employees from Grade I to Grade III too have already declared their assets.