Government Officers will be Monitored – ‘Taint’ Will be Forced to Retire – DoPT
Government Officers will be Monitored – Mr.Sinha Said that the bureaucrats will be expected to have a high level of accountability with constant media and public scrutiny. DoPT is also considering a move to deduct half a days salary, if an employee comes to work late by half an hour or more.
The Central Government is working on a plan, which may take a heavy toll on erring Government Servants. The Government is chalking out a plan to act tough against officials of doubtful integrity and those poor at work. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has asked all departments to identify such public servants and move proposals for their premature retirement.
The decision comes following a meeting held by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha recently on the mechanism to be adopted to ensure probity among the Government servants. The DoPT has asked all the departments to invoke provisions of Fundamental Rule (56-J) to compulsorily retire such officials. Under Fundamental Rule 56-J, the Government has the “absolute right” to retire, if necessary in public interest, any Group A and B employee, who has joined service before the age of 35 and has crossed the age of 50.
Mr.Sinha Said that the bureaucrats will be expected to have a high level of accountability with constant media and public scrutiny. DoPT is also considering a move to deduct half a days salary, if an employee comes to work late by half an hour or more without prior permission. If any employee repeatedly comes late for three days in a week, he will have to shell out one day salary, the proposal said. The employees will be monitored, purely based on performance, any promotion will be considered.
The decision, third such in a row, came after the DoPT last week said that IAS, IPS and India Forest Service officers may lose their job if they overstay on foreign assignments for more than a month without permission. Tightening the noose further, the DoPT early this month said that the Government servants will face disciplinary action if they raise service matters related grievances directly to the PMO.
In the latest directives for forced retirement, a Group C Government servant, who has crossed the age of 55 can be retired prematurely if found corrupt or ineffective. Group A comprise officers of All India Services like IAS, IPS, Indian Forest Service, IRS, while Group B consists of non-gazetted officers and Group C clerical and ministerial staff.
Three months notice and compulsory retirement – DoPT has also recommended a proposal according to which, an Officer will have to update his performance report online, on Monday every week, and at the last week of the month the senior officer will have to approve it. If the report is not updated any week, a red mark will be displayed against it, and the officer will have to give an explanation for not updating the same. If the performance report is not updated for a longer period of time, say one year, the officer will be given three months notice and will be forced to go in for compulsory retirement.
The action can be taken only against such officers whose annual increments have been frozen and they have not got promotion in the past five years. The meeting emphasised rotation of officers on sensitive and non-sensitive posts and their review and screening under Fundamental Rule 56-J. The DoPT has been asked to monitor implementation and obtain compliance from all Ministries in this regard.
“As this activity is to be completed in a time-bound manner, it is requested that priority attention may be paid to it and inputs sent to the internal vigilance section at the very earliest,” said the circular issued to all departments of Central Government. It is proposed that, apart from the Cabinet Secretary a six member team from the Prime Ministers’ Office (PMO) will monitor the issue.
Source 1: Staff News
Source 2: ex-servicemenwelfare