The Centre today extended by six months, till April 15 next year, the deadline for central government employees 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.
This is the fourth extension in the time limit for filing the details which came four days ahead of the last deadline.
"The last date for filing of revised returns by public servants is further extended from October 15, to April 15, 2016," an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
The declarations under the Lokpal Act are in addition to similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules. All Group A, B and C employees are supposed to file a declaration under the Lokpal Act.
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 March 31 every year or on or before July 31 of that year.
With this order, employees will have to file the assets details for two years -- 2014 and 2015 -- by April 15.
For 2014, the last date for filing returns was September 15 of last year, which has been extended thrice.
It was first extended till December last year, then till April 30, this year and third extension was up to October 15.
The employees will have to file revised returns twice -- one for 2014 (giving details of the assets as on August 1, 2014) and another for 2015 (mentioning information of the assets as on March 31, 2015) -- by the latest deadline.
Employees need to give details like cash in hand, bank deposits, 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.
All ministries or departments and cadre-controlling authorities are requested to kindly issue orders towards ensuring compliance with the revised rules by all officers and staff in the respective ministry, department, organisation or PSUs under their control, within the revised time limit, said the DoPT order issued to secretaries of all central government ministries and departments.