The Union government has forced 129 officers to take voluntary retirement in the last one year, Of the 129 officers who were forced to take premature retirement 30 were Group-A officers and 99 were Group-B officers. The officers were relieved so as to strengthen the government. The officers were told to retire reportedly over non-performance issues. Union Minister for Personnel and Training, Jitendra Singh has said that the government wants maximum effort from each and every officer. Singh said ”This government works for 24 hours. We want all officers to work efficiently, honestly and to the best of his ability”. Singh added ”We also want other officers to see what is happening and learn from the mistakes of other officers”.
According to data provided by the Department of Personnel and Training, the department is training and reviewing 24,415 Group A officers and 42,521 Group B officers in different cases. Most of these officers are being probed for charges which include: graft, non-performance of duties and indiscipline, according to the Doordarshan report.
Jitendra Singh also told Doordarshan that officers have been given a free hand to discharge their duties to the best of their ability. The minister said, ”Government officers can do their job as they seem fit. We want our officers to take initiative, we also commend and award our officers who take initiative”.
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Doordarshan reported that the government has changed the Indian Service Rules to take timely action against officers who are accused of graft. As per the report, the department has to finish investigations against tainted officials and submit a report in 6 months.