The government has made disclosure of property details by IAS officers mandatory before they are promoted and has also said that this information will be put in the public domain.

“It has been decided that officers, who do not submit the property return in time, would be denied vigilance clearance and will not be considered for promotion and empanelment for senior level posts in Government of India,” a recent circular by the Ministry of Personnel said.

“Government of India has also decided that the annual property return as on January 1, 2011 of members of All India Service and other group A central service officers will be placed in the public domain,” the circular added.

The circular has also asked all State governments, central ministries and departments to comply with the new circular by April 20.

The names of defaulting officers will be put up on the website of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the circular said.

Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officials, as per their service rules, are required to submit their Immovable Property returns (IPRs) in January every year.

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