Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Perform or Perish: Govt amends rule for premature retirement of babus after 15 yrs

IN a significant jolting move, which may be seen as a rude shock, the Union Government has finally notified the amendment in the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, prescribing mandatory 'Review' of their Service Records after 15 years and 25 years in place of prevailing 30 years. The DoP&T Notification has substituted sub-rule (3) of rule 16 in this respect.
To get rid of the deadwood in the All India Services like IAS, IFS, IPS and also 58 Central Services Group 'A' like IRS, Postal Service, the Centre has, after due consultantion with the State Governments, amended the rule to compulsorily retire those officers who are found unfit to hold their posts after detailed 'Review' of their performance. Such an option was available to the Govt but only after one completed 30 years of service. Although such option was frugally exercised by the Govt but as per DoP&T Annual Report, three IAS officers were prematurely retired in 2010 by invoking the provisions of rule 16(3) of the All India Services(DCRB) Rules, 1958. And they were Dr. Desh Deepak, IAS (HP: 83); Vijendra Kumar, IAS (HP:87) and Shalini Vasisht, IAS (TN: 87).
As per the amended rule, the first review will be done after 15 years, and the second after 25 years. However, in case of the forced retirement, they will not lose their post-retirement benefits. To this extent, the Govt has decided to be compassionate. Whether such a rule is going to be the rule of the day or will sparingly be used, is to be seen in future. Meanwhile, the loud and clear message for our babudom is that perform or perish

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