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Submit Property Returns by March 17, to Avoid Legal Action: JK Govt Warns Employees

March 7 (WD) The Government of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has issued a stern warning to its employees, emphasizing the importance of submitting property returns before March 17, as mandated by the Jammu and Kashmir Public Men and Public Servants Declaration of Assets Act. Despite an extended deadline until February 27, a significant number of employees have yet to comply with the requirement, prompting concerns about widespread non-compliance.

To address this issue, the General Administration Department has provided a final opportunity for defaulting employees to rectify their non-compliance. From March 3 to March 17, employees can utilize the online submission option on the PRS Portal to fulfill their obligations. Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) have been tasked with facilitating the process, and technical concerns can be directed to support-prs@jk.gov.in.

Controlling Officers and DDOs are reminded of their responsibility to ensure full compliance with property return filings within their respective establishments, with Administrative Departments overseeing progress and adherence to directives. Adherence to the prescribed timeline is emphasized as imperative for all employees to avoid potential repercussions under the law.

The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has launched an online portal for filing annual property returns (PRS Portal) to streamline the process and make it more user-friendly. Under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Servants Declaration of Assets Act, every public servant is required to submit an annual return detailing all assets possessed by them and their family members, including movable property exceeding two months’ basic salary.

These assets include cash balance, bank deposits, shares, debentures, jewelry, and household items. Public servants must promptly notify the prescribed authority of any acquisitions or transfers of movable property exceeding two months’ basic salary in value. Failure to adhere to these obligations may lead to legal action as per the provisions of the aforementioned Act and associated regulations.

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