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Government puts 312 officials on 'compulsory retirement' over ineffectiveness, lack of integrity

File photo: PM Narendra Modi. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 10, 2019, 01.17 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

The Modi government has given "compulsory retirement" to as many as 312 government officers on account of lack of integrity and ineffectiveness.

More than 36,000 Group A government officials and over 82,000 Group B officers were reviewed between July 2014 and May 2019. 

After the review, as many as 125 Group A officers and around 187 Group B officials were compulsorily retired by the government on account of "lack of integrity, ineffectiveness" and in public interest.

"As per the applicable disciplinary rule, the government has the right to proceed against corrupt officials on the basis of available evidence. The government has an absolute right to retire government officials prematurely on ground of lack of integrity and ineffectiveness in public interest as per provisions of Fundamental Rules (FR) 56 (j) (i), rule 48 of Central Civil Services (CCS) pension rules 1972 and rule 16 (3)  (amended) of All India Services. These rules lay down the policy of periodic review and premature retirement of government services," read the written reply to Lok Sabha by Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and MoS, Prime Minister's Office.  

Last month the government compulsorily retired 15 senior Customs officials in its ongoing drive against corruption. The move came over a week after 12 senior income tax officers were dismissed from service on charges of corruption.

Among those suspended were an ADG-rank officer against whom there are two CBI cases and faces charges of bribery.

It also included Commissioners and Additional Commissioners, some of whom have already been suspended. Most of these case are of amassing of disproportionate assets.