New Delhi: Taking its cue from the Bihar and Madhya Pradesh governments, the Centre may ask the bureaucrats to declare their assets in what could be seen as a cleansing drive against corruption.

Despite protests of senior bureaucrats, the Central government, sources said, is going to make it mandatory for bureaucrats to put details of their moveable and immoveable property on a government website.

In order to explore the possibilities in this regard, Cabinet Secretary M Chandrashekhar on Tuesday huddled with a Committee of Secretaries here.

Those attending the meeting included Law Secretary D R Meena, Secretary (Ministry of Personnel) Alka Sirohi and Prajapati from Prime Minister’s Office.

According to sources, the Prime Minister is now in a hurry to implement this two-year-old proposal to express his tough posture towards corruption.

This has already become compulsory for the leaders and the judiciary has started disclosing their assets voluntarily on the website.

A section of bureaucrats is not keen to follow it making an excuse of breaching privacy. As many as 1000 IAS and IPS officers including Cabinet Secretary have put details of their assets to the Department of Personal and Training (DoPT).

With the Nitish Kumar government's initiatives to weed out corruption in Bihar, 4,50,000 government officials, including IAS, IPS and Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) officers, submitted their assets' details to the state government, which were uploaded on the official website on Wednesday.

Bihar is the first state to have taken this step.

JPN/Bureau