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Civil servants reminded to make statutory declarations, deadline March 31

Published:Thursday | March 17, 2016 | 1:42 PM

The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption is urging public servants required to make statutory declarations of their assets, liabilities and income, to do so before the filing deadline on March 31.

Some public servants are required to give statutory declarations on an annual basis, within three months of December 31 of each year, as is outlined in the Corruption (Prevention) Act, 2001.

The deadline for the filing of statutory declarations for the year ending December 31, 2015 is March 31.

Secretary/Chairman for the Commission, David Grey, told a JIS ‘Think Tank’, that public sector workers earning more that $2 million per annum including benefits and allowances are required to make the declarations.

However, he notes that under the Act, there are persons earning less that $2 million a year who are required to file by virtue of their positions.

These include Parish Councillors, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force, persons with Office Management responsibilities, Customs Officers, Island Traffic Authority personnel as well as other positions in specific government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Grey says the aim of the Act is to ensure that public servants are fair, honest and lack corruption in their dealings.

Public servants who fail to file their assets, liabilities and income, in full, can be fined up to a maximum of $200,000 or be imprisoned for two years.