Bhubaneswar: As many of its employees are busy discharging election duty, the State Government has given another month’s time to them to submit their property return details. Now, the government officers can submit their asset details before 30 April.
The General Administration and Public Grievances Department has issued a circular to all the Departments, RDCs and District Collectors.
The last date of submission of Property Statement by all the State Government employees for the period from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021 was extended up to March 31, 2022.
However, it has come to the notice of the GA&PG Department that some of the employees could not submit their annual property statement, due to their preoccupation in the last Election to Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies or some other difficulties, it said.
Considering such difficulties, the Government has pleaded to allow extension of the timeline for submission of property statements online (Using HRMS portal) for the period upto 30 April, 2022, the circular said.
The senior officers have been requested to inform all of their subordinate offices about the extension of the deadline. The employees have been directed to not to wait till the deadline comes closer and file their property statement ahead of the timeline.
Earlier, the Government had extended the deadline thrice in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation.
To pave the way for compulsory submission of property statements by all Government employees, the State Cabinet in its meeting held June 9, decided to amend Odisha Government Servants’ Conduct Rules, 1959.
As per the provisions prescribed under Rule-21 of the Odisha Government Servants’ Conduct Rules, 1959, every Government servant is required to make a true and complete declaration of all his assets movable and immovable and the value thereof.
However, with the amendment, now the statement can be placed in the public domain for information of the general public. A copy of the property statement will also be forwarded to the Lokayukta for his information.