Bureaucrats fail to declare their assets in Uttar Pradesh

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New Delhi, Jun 12: Despite an order from The Department of Personnel and Training's to bureaucrats to declare their assets after the pictures of assets being retrieved from Arvind Joshi and Tinu Joshi , IAS officers came out, not many bureaucrats in Uttar Pradesh have declared their wealth.

Currency worth Rs 3 crore were reclaimed from Arvind Joshi and Tinu Joshi, their assets and liabilities amounting to Rs 200 crore. Babu Lal, was another bureaucrat having about 400 unauthorised accounts before the Joshi's were caught.

The Department of Personnel and Training later issued a circular asking all group "A" Gazetted Central Service Officers to declare their assets for the year 2010 before Jun 1. It also stated that officers who failed to act on the circular would not be given Vigilance clearance.

Despite of the warning not many bureaucrats have bothered to declare their immovable property returns in many states, the worst being Uttar Pradesh which has most number of the cases against bureaucrats where still half of the 537 bureaucrats have not declared their assets.

Whereas states like Maharashtra, Karnataka and Punjab show a better record, with about 80 percent of officers declaring their assets.

Almost all bureaucrats have disclosed their assets at the centre.

GK Pillai, Home Secretary owns a land in Thiruvananthapuram worth Rs 75 lakh. Sudha Pillai, his wife and Member Secretary of Planning Commission, owns a Eldeco Flat with her son-in-law and daughter at Noida worth Rs 90 lakh and a flat in Greater Noida around Rs 55 lakh.

KM Chadrashekhar, Cabinet Secretary owns property worth Rs 2.9 lakh in Thiruvananthapuram, after getting a loan from the HDFC Bank ,Government and personal income.

O Ravi, Joint Secretary, Home Ministry arrested on the charges of corruption, owns a long list of property including his 300 meter plot estimated to cost around Rs 60 lakh, a shop in Greater Noida's Ansal Plaza and a Flat in Hauz Khas.

According to TSR Subramaniyam, Ex-IAS officer, all the unauthorized assets could be in the name of relatives of the bureaucrats and the only way to get all details would be by asking them to declare all that too.

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