Inefficient and corrupted Government employees will be retired: Central Government

Gangtok August 31: The Central Government’s Personnel Ministry issued an order on August 28 asking all the Centre’s departments to review service records of employees who have completed 30 years in the job to identify inefficient or corrupt staff and retire them prematurely in the public interest. The order states- “The employees’ performance review is […] The post Inefficient and corrupted Government employees will be retired: Central Government appeared first on The Sikkim Chronicle - Sikkim News.

Inefficient and corrupted Government employees will be retired: Central Government

Gangtok August 31: The Central Government’s Personnel Ministry issued an order on August 28 asking all the Centre’s departments to review service records of employees who have completed 30 years in the job to identify inefficient or corrupt staff and retire them prematurely in the public interest.

The order states- “The employees’ performance review is conducted under the Fundamental Rule (FR) 56 (J) and 56 (I), and also under Rule 48 (1) (b) of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, that gives “absolute right” to the appropriate authority to retire a government servant, “if it is necessary to do so in the public interest”.

It informs that it has been issued to provide better clarity to the existing instructions and enable uniform implementation.

The order from Personnel Ministry also noted that the Government may at any time retire a government service who has attained the age of 50/55 years or has completed 30 years of service in the public interest.

Also informing that the government has the right to mandatorily retire officials who have completed 30 years of service by giving him/her notice of not less than three months in writing or three months’ pay and allowances. The Ministry has also said that instructions had been issued from time to time for undertaking periodic review of the performance of government servants to ascertain whether they should be retained in service or retired prematurely.

The order from the Ministry said that Under FR 56 (I), the appropriate authority has the absolute right to retire a government servant and that ‘the service record of a group A and B category officer can be reviewed if he/she has attained the age of 50 years (in case of joining service before 35 years of age) or after attaining 55 years (in case of joining service after 35 years of age)’ while giving details on the applicability of FR 56 (J).

Also dictated in the order is that- “Under FR 56 (I), the appropriate authority has the absolute right to retire a government servant in Group C service or post who is not governed by any pension rules after he has completed 30 years’ service by giving him/her notice of not less than three months in writing or three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.” While for employees who are covered under Rule 48 (1) (b) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, the order mentioned that the review can be done at any time after a government servant has completed 30 years’ qualifying service.

The Personnel Ministry has asked all the departments to maintain a register also to conduct such a review. “A register of the government servants who are due to attain the age of 50/55 years or to complete 30 years of service, has to be maintained. The register should be scrutinized at the beginning of every quarter by a senior officer in the ministry/ department/ cadre…,” says the order.

The composition of a review committee and broad criteria which is to be followed by the review committee while conducting such an assessment of the employees’ performance. The Personnel Ministry has also asked all the departments to maintain a register for conducting such a review.

Government servants whose integrity is doubtful shall be retired. Government servants found to be ineffective shall also be retired. The basic consideration in identifying such government servants should be their fitness/competence to continue in the post held,” the order says. While the criteria mentioned that has been mentioned in the order is- “No government servant should ordinarily be retired on ground of ineffectiveness, if, in any event, he would be retiring on superannuation within a period of one year from the date of consideration of his case,

Although if in an event of there being a sudden and steep fall in the competence, efficiency, or effectiveness of a government servant, it will be open to review such a case also for premature retirement, the order explains and that the government servant’s entire service record, in addition to the Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) should be considered at the time of review.

As the personal file of the government servant may contain valuable material, likewise his work and performance could also be assessed by looking into files dealt with by him or in any papers or reports prepared and submitted by him.

While this isn’t the first time such compulsory retirements were done, earlier the BJP Government after coming to power in 2019 has already compulsorily retired ‘batches of inept and corrupt officials five times.’ 21 tax officers who were charged on various accounts were also made to compulsorily retiree in 2019. In September of 2019, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at the Red Fort, 15 tax officials were also made to retire on charges that ‘black sheep in the tax administration may have misused their powers and harassed taxpayers.’

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