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Haryana to keep tabs on what its officials buy
Pradeep Sharma/TNS

Chandigarh, July 12
In order to check corrupt practices, the Haryana Government is all set to keep tabs on the shopping details of its officials. Government officials, who are planning to buy consumer durables like airconditioners, refrigerators, LCDs and smart phones costing more than Rs 20,000, will soon have to keep their respective departments in the loop.

Besides, property transactions worth over Rs 50,000 by them and their immediate families will also come under the scanner of the state government.

These recommendations form part of the draft Haryana Civil Services (Conduct of Government Employees), Rules, 2013, drafted to rein in corruption and instill transparency in the functioning of the state government.

Besides, the previous permission of the prescribed authority would be a must for employee and his dependents to acquire and dispose of any immovable property. The previous sanction of the prescribed authority shall be obtained by the government employee if such transaction is involved with any person having official dealings with the government employee, the rules say.

“Where a government employee or any dependent member of his family enters into a transaction in respect of movable property either in his own name or in the name of a dependent member, he shall within one month from the date of such transaction, report the same to the prescribed authority, if the value of such property exceeds Rs.50,000,” say the rules.

Under the new rules, the official would have to file a declaration of his property on his appointment. And in the month of March, it would be mandatory for him to file his annual property return.

Besides, the state government may compel an official to file a complete statement of such movable or immovable properties held or acquired by him on his behalf or by any member of his family and sources of funds for such a transaction.

The employee will have to explain the cash and bank balance exceeding three months’ pay and allowances. The amount of the insurance policies exceeding two months’ basic pay will also be accounted far.

New rules on cards

  • Employees, who are buying consumer durables above Rs 20,000, to keep their departments in the loop
  • Movable/immovable property transactions to come under govt’s scanner
  • Govt may compel an employee to disclose sources of income for buying movable/immovable property
  • Employee to explain bank balance exceeding three months’ salary





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