NEW DELHI, July 27: 133 officers were prematurely retired by the Modi Government over last two years since 2015, on the basis of their inadequate performance / service record.
This was disclosed here today in the Rajya Sabha by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, in reply to a starred question by T. Subbarami Reddy of Congress Party.
In his reply, Dr Jitendra Singh further informed that till May 2017, service records of 11,828 Group ‘A’ and 19,714 Group ‘B’ officers have been reviewed in various Ministries and Departments of Government of India. Based on this exercise, he stated,, the provision of premature retirement was invoked / recommended against 30 Group ‘A’ officers and 103 Group ‘B’ officers, thus making it a total of 133. Giving an year-wise breakup, the reply stated that the number of officers against whom the provision of premature retirement was invoked was 77 in 2015-16, 44 in 2016-17 and 12 in current year 2017-18 so far.
In an elaborate reply by Dr Jitendra Singh, it was stated that instructions have been issued to all the Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCAs) to review the performance / service records of Government servants at all levels with a view to identify officials who may not be fit to be retained in Government service for various reasons. In doing so, the reply stated, the Modi Government has only reiterated the existing rules and enforced strict monitoring thereof for reviewing the performance by strengthening and speeding up the existing rules and activating the Review Committee to assess the service records of the officers. The provisions of rules under FR-56(j), Rule-48 of Central Civil Services (CCS) Pension Rules, 1972 and Rule-16(3) of All India Service (Death cum Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, already provide for such periodic reviews.
The purpose of the entire exercise, according to the reply furnished by Dr Jitendra Singh, is to draw a distinction between the officials who were performing well and the non-performers who can then be sought to be compulsorily retired from the service. This, he stated, is in keeping with government’s focus on integrity and merit, and at the same time, encourage those officials who are performing well with sincerity and integrity.
Pertinent to recall that the Modi Government has , all along, committed itself to provide good and corruption-free governance by swiftly acting against non-performers and corrupt officials while, at the same time, providing encouragement and awards to officials who are good performers and also follow a high level of integrity.