J&K Chief Secretary discusses various issues
NEW DELHI, July 10: Government has the right to proceed against corrupt officials and the absolute right to retire an officer / official prematurely on the ground of lack of integrity and/or ineffectiveness, in public interest.
This was stated today by Minister In-Charge DoPT (Department of Personnel & Training) Dr Jitendra Singh, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha. The reply further elaborated that for the period from July 2014 to May 2019, a total of 36,756 Group A and 82,654 Group B Officers have been reviewed, while provisions of premature retirement or similar provisions invoked against 125 Group-A and 187 Group-B Officers.
Citing the exact rule, the Minister mentioned the provisions of Fundamental Rules (FR) 56(j)(I), Rule-48 of Central Civil Services (CCS) Pension Rules, 1972 and Rule-16(3) (Amended) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement) Benefits [AIS(DCRB)] Rules, 1958, which lay down a policy for the periodic review of premature retirement of government servants, which is a continuous process.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary of Jammu & Kashmir, BVR Subrahmanyam called on Dr Jitendra Singh and briefed him about issues related to governance and administration in the State. He also discussed various ongoing and upcoming Central Projects in the State.
In a meeting lasting nearly 45 minutes, the Chief Secretary also provided inputs regarding the current political scenario in the State and the progress of the holy Amarnath Yatra.
Dr Jitendra Singh was keen to get himself updated about the prestigious Power Projects allotted to the State by the Modi Government, which included the biggest ever 1000 MW Pakkal Dhul Project and the Kiru Project in district Kishtwar. He insisted on expediting the work on these Projects.
Chief Secretary Subrahmanyam assured Dr Jitendra Singh that during his visit to the national capital, he was pursuing all the pending matters and related issues with different Union Ministries. He acknowledged Dr Jitendra Singh’s help in getting several important projects approved for the State.
Chief Secretary also provided an update on infrastructure projects like the Ring Road Project, and said, he was also personally monitoring some crucial projects like, for example, the Devika river Project in Udhampur.