300+ Govt. Officers Suspended Due To Corruption, Inefficiency; ‘Compulsory Retirement’ Forcefully Executed Now

If you think that getting into a government job means doing as you like and not contributing towards the well being of the country, you might want to reconsider your train of thoughts. The Narendra Modi government has officially retired or recommended compulsory retirement of 312 government officers, belonging to Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ services, since July 2014 to May 2019.

The government has taken this step in order to remove all those weeds from its office, who have been registered with complaints and corruption cases pending against them; the ones who aren’t capable of doing their jobs honestly.

Govt Weeds out 27 Senior Officials Last Month

The government is all set to end the services of government officials who it believes aren’t capable of doing their jobs. 27 senior officials, including principal and chief commissioners in the tax department were forced to retire last month, on account of complaints and corruption cases pending against them.

In one such case, a tax official’s house was raided with jewelry worth Rs. 2.47 crore, Rs. 16.44 lakh in cash, watches valued at around Rs. 10 lakh, and Rs. 1.30 crore in bank deposits, by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). As per a recent order, the Department of Training and Personnel (DoPT) that answers directly to the PMO, asked all the government departments for monthly reports on the number of officials whose services were ended and the ones whose performance was reviewed.

The government is quite serious on getting rid of officers having a questionable track record. The government has the right to retire an official if it is for the public benefit. The action followed review of performance record of 36,756 Group ‘A’ and 82,654 Group ‘B’ officers during the relevant period.

More on the Government Policies that Few Know Of

  • According to disciplinary rules, the government has the right to proceed against corrupt officials on the basis of available evidence.
  • It has the absolute right to retire government officials on grounds of lack of integrity and ineffectiveness, according to the Fundamental Rules 56(j)(l), 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. 
  • According to Pension Rules, the review of whether an official is fit to continue to work should happen “six months” before the official attains the age of 50 and 55 years.
  • The provision for “compulsory retirement” of officials in public interest was first notified by the government in 1969. Although the provisions existed, they were rarely used by previous governments, until 2014.
  • They were again brought back into circulation through a circular in March 2014.
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