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Why S.K.Panda avoids property disclosures ?
Dibakar Bhattacharjee
Why S.K.Panda avoids property disclosures ?
PHOTO : TIWN File Photo : S.K.Panda in action in Tripura

S.K.Panda certainly leading Tripura IAS fraternity’s tainted elements for material benefits like influencing Education Dept for buying his private book ‘One plus one equals to eleven’ by using central RMSA funds in 2014. So it is no surprise that S.K.Panda has chosen not to declare mandatory ‘immovable property disclosure (IPR)’.

Apart from S.K.Panda, notable defaulter names are R.K.Mathur, Kiran Gitte and U.Venkeshwalu. MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) released latest data shows that 12 Tripura cadre IAS officers didn’t file IPR (immovable property disclosure) in 2015, in other words hiding their property and asset details.

As per All-India Service (Conduct) rules, 1968, require officers to disclose these details when they join service and submit an annual property statement—listing properties and shares. Officers who do not submit property returns yearly in time will be “denied vigilance clearance” and will not be considered for promotion and empanelment (put on a short-list) for senior posts in Government of India, said a June 2012 home-ministry circular.

Dr. S.K.Panda is one of the rarest IAS official who can stoop down to any level for material benifits, - for example, after retiring as Union Textiles Secretary, Chief Secretary kind of coveted positions, then finally begged to Manik Sarkar to offer him a much lower ranking post of ‘Vice Chairman of Tripura Skill Development Mission’ so that Panda can continue his own mission of importing more Oriya people into Tripura Govt jobs, also providing blanket cover to all kind of irregularities commited during his tenure as Chief Secretary in Manik Sarkar’s Government.

Unfortunately Vice Chairman of Tripura Skill Development Mission is equivalent to an Under Secretary Post. This is much lower level than the Chief Secretary or an Union Secretary's post.

Modi Govt initiated ‘National Skill Development Mission’ meant to impart technical to hands-on trainings to youths and unemployed so that country’s poverty index improves.

Rather than hiring a Technocrat or even an IAS officer with technical background, Manik Sarkar’s CPI-M Govt picked the most unfit person to  lead Skill Development Mission.

Property declarations bring transparency, improves public confidence in the administration and ensures integrity of subordinates, said many officers.

An officer who does not declare assets is in no position to ask subordinates to do so, out of fear that their own illegal assets will be exposed, said 1981-batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer M N Vijaykumar, who retired in April 2015.

Tripura's top IAS defaulters list headed by R.K.Mathur, followed by S.K.Panda.and 10 other officers as listed below.

The home ministry can order departmental inquiries against defaulters or those who file wrong information, but not many such cases have been launched, said former Maharashtra Director General of Police Rahul Gopal.

MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs IPR defaulters List can be found in this link :

12 IAS defaulters of Tripura Cadre in 2015. TIWN 

 “Declaration of assets to the public is a way of telling the citizens that you have kept faith in me by permitting me to handle crores of rupees of public money for public use, and I have not exploited your trust,” said Vijaykumar.

Service rules require officers to file annual property returns from their date of appointment. 

Following the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013 which provides for the establishment of a body of Lokpal for the Union and Lokayukta for states to inquire into allegations of corruption against public functionaries, officers must now reveal property details of their spouses and children as well.

Tripura’s each of 12 IAS defaulters knew very well the importance of filing IPR (immovable property record) by 31st January, 2016. 

Filing IPR is not voluntary, it’s a rule as per all-India Service (Conduct) rules, 1968, require officers to disclose these details when they join service and submit an annual property statement.

Not filing IPR or avoiding filing for years is a direct sign that those IPS officials intend to hide their wealth and assets, in other words a sign of dishonesty and brewing corruption.

Tripura’s ‘CLEAN” Chief Minister always very fond of ‘CLEAN” officials, so it’s no surprise that Manik Sarkar picked S.K.Panda to lead  National Skill  Development  Mission as Vice-Chairman, which is Tripura CM’s gift by  accommodating a retired  tainted IAS official to chew Tripura taxpayers money  for many more years.

Why Tripura’s CPI-M Govt cannot find better professionals to lead various Central Missions rather hiring old age retired IAS officials like  Panda, Mathur  ?  Other than hefty salary and fat perks benefitting these career sharks, what else Tripura is getting in return ? 

Note :(IPR IAS defaulters list is published by MHA – Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Not Tripura Infoway )

Panda allegly used his influence to force all schools to buy his own book 1+1+11 by misusing Central RMSA funds so that Panda and his publisher friend Debananda Dam of Gnan Bichitra gets benefitted.

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