Did Not File Your Property Returns? Your Salary May Be Stopped
When the government made over 80 per cent of the existing currency invalid on November 8, 2016, it primarily aimed to curb benami transactions, especially in real estate transactions. Since property deals are capital intensive, real estate was widely used by people to park their unaccounted money. From thereon, life of such persons has become much tougher, with the government launching new measure frequently to nab offenders. Now, state governments are seen stopping salary credits to its staff over their failure to submit details of their real estate assets.
In Jaipur, for example, warnings were issued to 25,000 gazetted officers who not filing the Immovable Property Returns (IPR) by January this year. While extending this deadline May 31, it was announced that officers who fail to adhere to the timeline yet again, “would not be given vigilance clearance, promotion and other benefits to which they are entitled to”.
Gujarat is going the same way.
The state government has withheld the salaries of close to 1,000 Class-I and Class-II employees who failed to file their annual property returns. Some had flouted the rule despite a warning.
Chief Secretary JN Singh during a media interaction said, "We hope the remaining officers will also file their returns now. Otherwise, they will be served show-cause notices and departmental action could also be taken against them for non-compliance.”
On April 14, Singh said that out of 12,000 Class-I and Class-II officials, 3,000 had not filed their returns till that date. About 990 of them still need to file returns.