HRD ministry notice for IIT, IIM faculty, staff to file property returns
23 Aug, 2012 7:41a.m.
After MPs and bureaucrats, now it's the turn of academicians and officials working with educational institutions and autonomous bodies under central government to mandatorily submit property returns.
Though the decision was taken in 2006, it was not being complied fully. But with new emphasis against corruption in the public sphere, the ministry has swung into action. "It is part of preventive vigilance initiative," a source said, adding that after the 2006 order the HRD ministry started getting property returns of faculty members and officials directly. "The ministry did not have the infrastructure to scrutinize each return. So it has been decided to modify the earlier order a bit. Now, faculty members/officials would submit their returns to the head of institution, while the head of the institution would submit his return to the HRD ministry," a source said.
Last week, the HRD ministry issued a notice to 44 central universities, IITs, IIMs, NITs, IIITs and host of other educational, research institutions and autonomous bodies to ensure that all employees and faculty members, other than the head of institution, submit their property returns by January 31 every year. Each institution has been asked to notify on their website property returns of employees and also name those who have failed to submit the returns. Each institution would have to give a certificate to the HRD minister that all employees have filed the returns and names those who have not.
Head of institutions have been asked to file their property returns to the ministry. This would include all directors and chairpersons of educational institutions.
The ministry has made it clear that those who fail to file property returns would not be given vigilance clearance in addition to action under conduct rules. For this year, institutions have been asked to file property returns by August 31. Administrative authority, heads of institutions in case of faculty members and HRD's vigilance section in case of heads of institutions, would scrutinize returns of those officials against whom there are repeated complaints.
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