Babus can’t just sit across their desks and have a cup of tea and samosas anymore. Governance means business in today’s competitive world. The Modi government has been focusing more on performance. Even the 7th Pay Commission has recommended salary hikes and allowances based on performance, indicating government jobs are not just 9-5 jobs, but also carry a risk of suspension or premature retirement. One IAS and two IPS officers were force-retired.
However the suspended officers are not just non-performers but also have corruption charges against them. Senior IAS officer Mr. K. Narasimha, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre officer, has been sacked. The allegations against the officer included misuse of official position while working as Secretary, Sports Authority of India, earlier. This action against him came after a departmental review submitted its report declaring him unfit for the job. The centre is working with the government departments on performance reviews and has also suggested state governments to do the same. They want to clear off the dead wood. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved premature retirement of K.Narasimha under Rule 16(3) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules 1958.
[Rule 16(3): As per the rule, the central government can retire any personal after giving a three month notice or paying three months salary and allowance]
Service review is conducted twice on All India Service officers – when one completes 15 years and 25 years of service. The government is very keen on performance as well as zero-corruption. Earlier in 2014, IAS officer couple from Madhya Pradesh were suspended after graft charges were charged against them.
2 IPS officers were also sacked citing the same reasons. Mr. Mayank Sheel Chouhan, 1998 batch AGMUT Cadre and Mr. Raj Kumar Dewangan, 1992 batch Chattisgarh cadre IPS officers. There were allegations against Chouhan related to disproportionate assets. Chouhan was also accused of being absent from duty without authorisation, when he was posted in Arunachal Pradesh. Mr. Dewangan, an Inspector-General (IG) rank officer faces charges in a loot case that took place in 1998, while he was the SP of Jangbir-Champa district of Chattisgarh.
The message is strong and very clear…Perform or Perish!