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)

Jamini Bhagwati (Brussels): flat in Mayur Vihar (Rs 1 cr), apartment in Gurgaon (Rs 1.5 cr), 2.5 acre farmland in Najafgarh, first floor flat in Vasant Vihar (Rs 7.5 cr) and two houses in Assam (both jointly owned by 4 brothers)

Biren Nanda (Indonesia): Seven properties: 1,000 sq yd house in Vasant Vihar, 500 sq yd house in Panchsheel Park, 2 plots of 360 sq yards each in South City, Gurgaon, 2 acre farmland in Faridabad, 1,250 sq ft flat in Gurgaon's Heritage city, 750 sq m-plot in Greater Noida.

Anil Wadhwa (Muscat): 295 sq m plot in Chhattarpur Extension (Rs 85 lakh), 300 sq yard plot in Sushant Lok (Gurgaon) (Rs 90 lakh), 2,900 sq ft flat in Noida (Rs 95 lakh), 2 acre plot in Sohna (Rs 18 lakh) and inherited a 800 sq yard house in Panchsheel Park (Rs 8 cr).

Gurjit Singh (AS-East and South Africa): a flat each in Sarita Vihar and Saket, a house each in Gurgaon and Greater Noida, a house in Quebec (Canada) (owned by wife who is a UN civil servant) 134,000 Canadian dollars, and a house in Bangalore.

Ranjit Rae (Hanoi): A flat in Mayur Vihar, two flats in Gurgaon, a cottage in Nainital and land in Havelock Island (Andamans).

Satish Mehta (JS-Nepal, Bhutan): 6 properties: Flats in Noida, Gurgaon and Jaipur, commercial property in Metropolitan Mall in Jaipur, and two residential plots in Jaipur.

Dr B M Vinod Kumar (JS-Parliament/VIP cell): 12 properties: 7 one-house plots in Visakhapatnam, one flat in Hyderabad and 34 acres of agricultural land.

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