Officers begin to post their assets online, IFS is first

A bulk of serving Indian Foreign Service officers put up details of their "immovable property returns" on the website of the Ministry of External Affairs tonight, becoming the first set of central government bureaucrats to declare their assets.

IAS officers have missed earlier deadlines for making their assets public, and are now expected to put these details online by June 1.

The Indian Express was the first to report last week that all IFS officers were asked to submit details of their immovable assets by May 25.

Senior officers whose assets were not put up on the MEA site include envoys Meera Shanker (US), S Jai Shanker (China), Ranjan Mathai (France), Sharat Sabharwal (Pakistan), and Secretary (East) Sanjay Singh.

The following are details of the assets of some senior officers. The complete list is on www.mea.gov.in.

Nirupama Rao (foreign secretary): residential apartment in Gurgaon, Rs 25 lakh in 2003

Nalin Surie (UK): 2-BR DDA flat in Vasant Vihar (Rs 2 lakh in 1988) and 421 sq yard residential plot in Sector 17, Gurgaon (Rs 65,689 in 1981)

Hardeep Puri (New York): 1st floor in B-17, West End, for Rs 2.5 cr in 2005

Vivek Katju (Secretary-West): Apartment in Gurgaon (Rs 60 lakh) and ancestral property in Allahabad (Rs 1.5 cr)

Jayant Prasad (Special Secy-PD): plot in Noida (Rs 50 lakh), a flat in Mayur Vihar (Rs 90 lakh) and 3-acre agricultural land in Najafgarh (Rs 90 lakh)

Manbir Singh (Secretary-Economic Relations): inherited a 2,000 sq yard plot in Chandigarh Sec. 8.

Rakesh Sood (Nepal): DDA flat in Hauz Khas (Rs 50 lakh) and 250 sqm plot in Greater Noida (Rs 30 lakh)

Pavan Verma (Bhutan): inherited house in Vasant Vihar, ancestral home in Ghazipur (UP) and a 8,000 sq m farm in Gurgaon (Rs 1.95 lakh in 1989)

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