G.I., Dept. of Pers. & Trg. O.M.No.407/12/2014-AVD-IV-B, dated 18.3.2015
Subject : Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Clarification regarding formats to be used for filing returns under the Act.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s DO letter of even No. dated 29th December, 2014 and the O.M. of even No. dated it January, 2015 regarding furnishing of information relating to assets and liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, forwarding therewith copies of the Central Government’s notifications dated 26th December, 2014 containing :-
(a) Amendment to the Lokpal & Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014, for the purpose of extending the time limit for carrying out necessary changes in the relevant rules relating to different services from “three hundred and sixty days” to “eighteen months” , from the date on which the Act came into force, i.e., 16 th January, 2014; and
(b) The Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2014, extending the time limit for filing of revised returns (pl see proviso under sub- rule 2 of rule 3 of the principal rules) by all public servants from 31st December 2014 to 30th April, 2015.
2. In this regard, it is clarified that:-
(i) The first return (as on l at August, 2014) under the Lokpal Act should be filed on or before the 30th April, 2015;
(ii) The next annual return under the the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 for the year ending 3lst March, 2015 should be filed on or before 31 st July, 2015; and
(iii) The annual return for subsequent years as on 31st March every year should be filed on or before 31 6t July of that year.
3. The following Assets & Liabilities Return forms (both in English and Hindi) are enclosed herewith as indicated below:
A. Declaration to be filed with Return of Assets and Liabilities on First Appointment or as on the 31st March, 20…….. (Under Sec 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.) [Appendix-I of the notification dated 14.07.2014].
(a) FORM No. I – Details of Public Servant, his/ her spouse and dependent children[Appendix-II of the notification dated 14.07.2014].
(b) Modified FORM No. II – Statement of movable property on first appointment or as on the 31st March, 20…[Appendix-II of the notification dated 14.07.2014 as modified vide notification dated 26.12.2014].
(c) FORM NO. III – Statement of immovable property on first appointment or as on the 31st March, 20…. (e.g. Lands, House, Shops, Other Buildings, etc.) [Held by Public Servant, his/her spouse and dependent children] [Appendix-II of the notification dated 14.07.2014].
(d) Modified FORM No. IV – Statement of Debts and Other Liabilities on first appointment or as on 31st March, 20…. [Appendix-II of the notification dated 14.07.2014 as modified vide notification dated 26.12.2014].
4. It is requested to ensure that all officers and staff in your Ministry/ Department/ organizations file the said declarations/returns within the prescribed time-limits, in the aforementioned forms.