NEW DELHI: Replying to a question raised by some of the MPs in RajyaSabha, the Government said that it has so far removed or dismissed 13 officers and imposed pension cut on 45 others for unsatisfactory performance, since the Government’s formation on May 14, 2014.
It was Minister of State for Personnel Mr Jitendra Singh, who was replying to a question asked by the Congress MPs. “We are hard at officers who aren’t serious in public service. So far in a period of one and a half years since we have come to power, the Government has dismissed more than 13 All India Service officers on the grounds of poor performance”.
“With a view to making bureaucracy performance-oriented and accountable, the Government has recently instructed all the ministries and departments to review their performance under FR 56(j) of Rule 48 of CCS (Pension Rules, 1972) and under Rule 16(3) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules. Officers who had a poor record will be removed and their pension will be cut”, Singh said.
As per the instructions, an Officer’ public performance will have to be reviewed six months before he or she attains the age of 50/55, based on which a decision will be taken on whether the officer should continue his tenure or retire in public interest.
Singh further informed that the government recently issued instructions under Rule 7(2) of the AIS (Leave) Rules 1955 to process deemed resignation of bureaucrats who remain unauthorisedly absent after expiry of leave/study leave/foreign assignment etc. “The government also examines cases against officers and imposes penalty of cut in pension wherever necessary, in consultation with the UPSC,” he said.
Singh also added that a committee has been formed with high-level officers to address the disciplinary cases of the All India officers on a fast note.