Maharashtra government has issued a fresh notification reminding IAS officers to submit Immovable Property Returns (IPR) online and not manually by January 31, 2018 for the calendar year 2017 to the state government and Cadre Controlling Authorities. Officers are expected to forward the copy to the Department of Personnel & Training.Even though the Centre had made online filing of IPR mandatory from 2017, the state government came across some cases where some officers due to technical glitches were unable to file online but submitted it manually.Senior state government officer from the General Administration Department told DNA, “A fresh notification has been issued on December 20, 2017 giving details with regard to the online submission of IPR by IAS officers. Filing of IPR is binding since 2011 but it was done manually until 2016. The Centre shifted to online submission after it found out that IPRs filed manually are lost in transition in few cases while in several other cases despite IPR submitted to the state government or Cadre Controlling Authority it was not uploaded on the website of Department of Personnel and Training. It was also found that IPRs were filed but without any date.’’The officer said the notification has explained the methodology of online filing of IPR and also details with regard to IPR module.He informed that the application is available on the e-office SPARROW (Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Window) which is a part of Centre’s Digital India Initiative. ISenior IAS officer, who is of the rank of additional chief secretary in Maharashtra, said if anybody fails to upload IPR or hide some information the government can initiate a disciplinary action.
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