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Centre goes after ‘passenger' babus

The centre is pushing early and effective implementation of the amended Rule 16 (3) of all-India services rules, which now allows performance review of the officials after 15 years of service. Prior to the amendment in January this year, the officers' performance could only be reviewed after the completion of 30 years of their service.

Invoking this amendment, according to an agency report, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), in a missive to states, has asked for the review of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers, who have completed at least 15 years of service. 'It is sometimes found that a few members of the all-India services tend to become mere 'passengers' in the post or at the level in which a member is placed for the time being,' the directive from the DoPT said. The DoPT has also raised doubts on the efficiency of officers who were assessed as 'average' in their annual confidential reports.

The new rule gives powers to the government to retire non-performing officers in 'public interest' after at least 15 years in the job. The government can again carry out such review again after the officer completes 25 years of service or attains the age of 50 years.

'To describe a member of an all-India service as average is not complimentary. While it may not be an adverse remark, it is nevertheless a reflection upon his work or conduct and should be taken to indicate output, which is ordinary and routine,' the DoPT said in its circular issued to all chief secretaries of the states and union territories.

'Similarly, it is found that in some cases, an officer receives a lukewarm or equivocal certificate of integrity. Such an entry would indicate that there is some doubt in the mind of the reporting or reviewing authority about the integrity of the member. In all such cases, it would be quite appropriate for the government to examine the matter thoroughly in order to decide whether action under Rule 16(3) of AIS (DCRB) Rules, 1958 would be warranted,' the missive said.

The circular also clarifies that those officers who may have completed 15 years of service before the rules were amended also need to be reviewed if they fall under the 16-23 years slab.
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