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New Delhi: The central government has instructed all ministries and departments to maintain a register of government servants in the 50-55 year age bracket, and those who have completed 30 years in service, as it plans to weed out more “corrupt” and “inefficient” officials, ThePrint has learnt.

According to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), all ministries and government departments will have to conduct a quarterly review of the officials, in order to ascertain who among them need to be prematurely retired from service.

“In order to bring in better clarity to the existing instructions and enable uniform implementation, an effort has been made to review, consolidate and reiterate the guidelines so far issued on the subject at one place,” the DoPT communication issued on 28 August said.

“The register of the government servants who are due to attain the age of 50/55 years or to complete 30 years of service, has to be maintained,” added the order, a copy of which was seen by ThePrint.

The order further said the register maintained by each ministry will have to be reviewed at the beginning of every quarter by a senior official of the ministry or department. As such, a review would be mandatory for the January-March, April-June, July-September and October-December periods.

Since it returned to power in 2019, the Narendra Modi government has been emphasising on the need to compulsorily or prematurely retire government officials found to be corrupt or inefficient. Last year, the government compulsorily retired over 50 IRS officials accused of corruption, sexual harassment, among other charges.

“The government has been very proactive when it comes to weeding out corrupt officials…This order simply streamlines the process, and makes it incumbent on ministries to ensure reviews are carried out regularly,” said a DoPT official, who did not wish to be named.

Committee to decide on officers for premature retirement 

According to sources, the names of officials whose integrity is found to be doubtful will be forwarded to a Review and Representation Committee, which will need to be constituted.

The order said in case of Group A officers, such as those of the IAS and IPS officers, the review committee will constitute of the secretary of the service’s Cadre Controlling Authority — for example, Ministry of Home Affairs in case of IPS officers, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change in case of Indian Forest Service officers, and Ministry of External Affairs for Indian Foreign Service officers, among others.

In cases where there are boards — for example, the Railway Board and the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), among others, the Review Committee will be headed by the chairman of such a board.

The broad criteria of this committee would be to recommend names of officers for premature retirement in cases where the officer’s “integrity is doubtful” or the officer is found to be ineffective, according to the order.

“There is also no bar on the government to review any such case again where it was decided earlier to retain the officer, but the appropriate/appointing authority is of the opinion that it is expedient to undertake the review again on account of changed circumstances, in public interest,” the order said. “In such cases, the appropriate authority is expected to demonstrate visible meticulousness as such government servants have been found effective on earlier occasions for retention in service.”

The premature retirement would be done under Fundamental Rules 56(j), 56(l) or Rule 48 (1) (b) of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.

According to the order, “The objective of Fundamental Rule (FR) 560)1(l) and Rule 48 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972, is to strengthen the administrative machinery by developing responsible and efficient administration at all levels and to achieve efficiency, economy and speed in the disposal of Government function.”


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42 COMMENTS

  1. What a brilliant dicision taken by the government to cleanup the corrupt and inefficient officials. Nothing is more important than Integrity be it IAS or IPS should be dealt with as per rule. People of this country should feel equality that nobody is above the law, mighty and powerful should not get away using their official influence.

  2. RETIREMENT IS NOT A PUNISHMENT , THEY HAVE CHEATED 130 CRORES OF PEOPLE OF THEIR DUES AND RIGHTS.
    GOVERNMENT MUST INCLUDE OFFICERS FROM ALL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITIES , PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENTS,FOREST OFFICERS,IRRIGATION , CPWD, INDIAN TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES ETC WHO ARE EQUALLY CORRUPT. PUNISHMENTS SHOULD COMMENCE FROM. DISMISSAL FROM SERVICES TO DEPRIVE THEM OF RETIREMENT BENEFITS OF MORE THAN ONE CRORE TO SET EXAMPLE TO OTHERS TO REFRAIN FROM CORRUPT PRACTICES. THAN ONLY F.I.R AND JAILS ETC.

  3. With this rule, all Govt employees will be BJP Loyalists. Modi is indeed a clever and cunning man. This job should have done by the reporting officers of the concerned employee instead of Ministers.

  4. This entire exercise of sending on retirement the so called *corrupt/inefficient* officres seems designed for retaining only those officers who are/have been loyal to the present government and shunting out those who don’t enjoy the favour of the present regime. It may also undermine the free and independent functioning of bureaucracy. It is likely to give rise to corruption as the officers would do every thing to please their political bosses rather serving people.

  5. Same rule should be followed by the Ministers and Politicians also.. ips ias officials are qualified persons where as politicians are not. Mps/mlas are being charged with heinous crimes still they are being elected as representatives
    Register also be maintain for PM President also every month for the review of performance

  6. Might be a beaurocray cleanesing,, only officers who support a part ideology will be kept. What if on the name of test they remove all honest officers, epitome is ashok khemka, IAS. Every awarred citizen must not celebrate it as this can be used by government as a tool to keep selective baeurocratses, who support their agenda

  7. If this type of checks were adopted from 1948 ,1. The efficiency of all india services would have been many times more than what is today 2. The corruption would have been less 3 . The feel of responsibility among them would have been greater 4. Overall the country would have prospered, our respect in county of nations would have been very high.
    Better late than never.
    But what about the efficiency and integrity of politicians?

  8. THE GOVT IS NOT TAKING ACTION ON CORRUPT POLITICIANS WHO STALLED GOVERNANCE IN THIS COUNTRY. NO ACTION IS TAKEN TO CONTROL CRIMINALS, DISHONEST ENTERING POLITICS WHO ARE RUNNING THIS COUNTRY. THE OFFICIALS ARE CORRUPT SINCE POLITICIANS IN POWER ARE CORRUPT. SO THERE IS NECESSITY TO FRAME STRICT RULES FOR MAKING POLITICS CLEAN. ONLY THEN CORRUPTION CAN BE CHECKED BUT POLITICIANS IN POWER ARE NOT INTERESTED TO CURB CORRUPTION. BJP GOVT IS JUST MISLEADING AND BLUFFING PEOPLE ON ISSUE OF CORRUPTION.

  9. 95 % of Police, Excise & Customs, GST, RTO, Civil Aviation, AAI, Gram Panchayat, etc, etc will have to be retired compulsoryly if this exercise is carried out across the country. Highly beneficial for the country and common people.

  10. Dubious bureaucrats having shady background mired with corruption definitely need to be booted out…

    But same yard stick should also apply to Dubious Ministers who are corrupt and having criminal backgrounds…

    SWACHH BHARAT mission should be implemented in true sense and spirit….

    • None of the bureaucrats are corrupt they are working very hard in development of country.but for there work government paying them Just peanuts and after 2004 ias officials are not entitled for pension also.All the politician are entitled for the pension prime minister salary is 380000+ allowances he will get full fledged pension thorough out of his life than why prime minister is not abrogating pension of minister.

  11. This is nothing new. The rules in this regard existed since long but publicity is being given now. Less of work ,more of publicity. There is hardly any news of good work done by government employees, being appreciated.

  12. Over last 70 years the Babu’s and police pandus of colonial services have mastered the art of doing 50/50 with help of criminal corrupt Netas . The govt is blind if it thinks they will recommend any of their brothers in loot. If the system is to work make a command control system and verticle pyramid like the armed forces where vacancies are less at the top unlike now where every one is promoted as a secy or dgp. Let the average bad underachievers be weeded out as directors , joint secys addl secys and similarly as SSP , DIG , IG or ADG . To start with sack enmass all police officers of Mumbai who colluded to botch the actors death and make it look like a suicide . The commissioner of police must be sacked.

  13. Sir, central government employees retirement age is 60 years, when central government reduced the age from 60 to 58 years?

  14. Great idea to implement Govt agenda, those who oppose will have to get rid off their jobs. So the best option for them would be bow down and follow what the government is telling. The government is the biggest cheater of the public, selling all the PSUs to private goons funding their party and filling their pockets. New normal in New India…

  15. It would be great if implemented in State govts also specially in Assam. Every single state govt job in Assam is bargained now a days. The more you pay the more your possibility of getting the job.Before every exam for any vacancy of state govt jobs everytime papers get leaked. It has become a new normal in Assam. The loby is very strong.

  16. What about moral turbidity of people’s representatives. How many elected representatives really spent the amounts for elections as per the limits imposed ?? How many representatives are remarks in the name of region ,religion ,caste ets.

  17. What about corrupt and inefficient ministers ?Is the minister who is assessing the officials is efficient and honest .who will assess them.

  18. Politicians talking about bureaucratic corruption is hilarious. Politics is nothing more than skillful corruption techniques.

  19. 56(j) is a tool to weed out dead wood. Period. Read the text of 56(j). It can’t be used to retire officers facing inquiries for alleged corruption. So if there are charges against an officer which have been communicated to him/her, recourse cannot be taken to 56(j) to retire the officer. And here is the thing, why should an officers who is believed to be corrupt be compulsorily retired and get lifelong full pension? There shd be departmental inquiry and punishment. That is why 56(j) is an ideal tool to retire officers who are unbending. It is near impossible to remove inefficient officers who are otherwise honest. Because on the basis of inefficiency you can remove a huge part of the bureaucracy! And it goes against the principle of lifelong dignity and security based on one exam. Getting top guns from industry and academic world, as in the US, to head departments is the answer, partly. You have to build a competitive atmosphere in govt service. Lateral entry is doing that, to some extent.

  20. Fact check the age of retirement mentioned in this article.
    The problem has become a part of the system since decades which needs total overhaul. Weeding out the muscular corrupts and inefficients at the top of hierarchy should begin first.

  21. First things first all the rotten tomatoes are in govt in form of MPs they are the root cause of corruption bereaucracy is mere execution of orders political parties are give electoral bonds bybusinesses to further their interest which is the corruption and it’s cause
    make these bonds transparent we the people want to know the source and destination bring it under rti

  22. Left to Politccians vested interest will only play,may be some good officer will be removed some corrupt will play.

  23. What about those top bureaucrats who will “select” these corrupt ones? By the by, such an exercise was initiated by VP Singh when he was FM (1985-86) limited only to the income tax department. The exercise failed miserably.

  24. The IAS &IPS have looted India in the last 74 yrs. of Independence. Is there a single govt. deptt. that is honest, citizen -friendly and on par with govt. deptts. in the UK/USA??? Yet, there is so much hype about the IAS & IPS.
    The ground reality: Top brains fly away to the US/UK. The next layer go for medical, engineering, IT, science researh etc. The leftovers take coaching n roadside institutes, memorise 20 answers in each subject and compete inthe IAS/IPS!!! It isthe scrap that enters our afministration and police. Od course, this does not hopd good for top 10% of the lot. But 80% is simply scrap. Unless the GOI xhanges this style of governance, our country will jever be able to rise above its shackles and become a super power. The scientists, doctors, engineers must have their own cadre upto Chief Secretary level. It is really very demeaning for professionals to report to the Bara Baboos/ glorified clerks in the organisation.

  25. The age group should be from 30 to 50, because questionable integrity can be of anyone. The bureaucracy itself is a curse in our society. It has failed the country on all levels.

  26. Lol……… The ministers about whome we can safely say that most of them wont even have basic educational credibility infact many og them themselves must have been involved in unethical practices, will now judge integrity of those officers who had given there service to country???? How can this be a reliable process????? Mera Bharat mahaan😂

  27. Sure govt is very promptly taking action against corrupt officers but when will it itself stop being corrupt? Doing thousands of crores of corruption that too without any shame.
    Murdering govt companies and profiting private goons for their parties interest and countering the national interest.

  28. WOULD BE NICE IF INTENTION WAS RIGHT. HOWEVER IT WILL BE USED AS A TOOL TO GET RID OFF ANY ANTI GOV OFFICERS. FIRST GET RID OFF ALL THOSE MLAS AND MPS WITH INTEGRITY HOPPING PARTY FENCES ALL AROUND BUT THEN SOME MAY ALREADY BE MINISTERS BY NOW AND READY TO MAKE THESE RECOMMENDATIONS! HA! HA!

  29. “According to sources, the names of officials whose integrity is found to be doubtful will be forwarded to a Review and Representation Committee, which will need to be constituted.”
    To The Print:
    to make this report wholesome, are you in a position to clarify who exactly will be responsible for forwarding these names to the committie.
    Thanks

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