CENTRAL VIGILANCE COMMISSION
Satarkta Bhawan, G.P.O. Complex,
Block A, INA, New Delhi-110023
Subject:- Confirmation on timely submission of Annual Immovable Property Return (AIPR) in the proposals seeking input of the Commission on vigilance status of officers for empanelment- reg.
Department of Personnel & Training’s OM No. 11012/11/2007-Estt.A dated 27.09.2011 (copy enclosed) conveys the decision of the Govt of India that members of Central Civil Services/Posts who fail to submit Annual Immovable Property Returns of the relevant year within the prescribed time limit, would be denied vigilance clearance and they will not be considered for empanelment for senior level posts in Government of India. It has inserted sub-para 2(f) which reads as under, in the Department of Personnel & Trainings earlier OM No. 11012/11/2007-Estt.A dated 14.12.2007:
“(f) Vigilance clearance shall be denied to an officer if he fails to submit his annual immovable property return of the previous year by 31st January of the following year, as required under Government of India decision under Rule 18 of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rule, 1964.”
2. Similarly, as per Rule 16(2) of AIS (Conduct) Rules, 1968, officers are required to submit property return latest by 31st January of each year, and Department of Personnel & Trainings has clarified that those who fail to submit the return on time will be denied vigilance clearance.
3, It is thus,-evident that filing of AIPR on time is a mandatory pre-condition for grant of vigilance clearance. So far, the Commission has not been collecting information on AIPR filing while considering proposals for vigilance clearance, and screening to this effect is left to the concerned Ministry/Department/Organization. However, some proposals received by the Commission do contain information on AIPR filing by the concerned officers, and the same is taken in account while finalising input on their vigilance status.
4. As timely filing of AIPR is a mandatory pre-condition for vigilance clearance, all Ministries/Departments/Organizations are requested to ensure that all officers, for whom vigilance input is solicited from the Commission, have filed AIPR within the stipulated time limit. In future, confirmation on timely filing of property return by concerned officer(s), or deviation in this regard, may also be recorded on the covering letter of proposals seeking vigilance clearance from the Commission, to avoid delay in processing of the cases.
5. The above guidelines may be noted for strict compliance.