The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has come up with a clarification on the implementation of the second penalty (or multiple penalties) on serving charged officers during the currency of the first penalty.
In an Office Memorandum (O.M.) dated 28 October 2022, the DoPT said that the Disciplinary Authorities should clearly indicate in the punishment order whether the two penalties (or multiple penalties) would run concurrently or consecutively while awarding second or subsequent penalties during the currency of earlier penalty/penalties.
“It is, however, clarified that where such a specific mention has not been made, the two/all penalties should run concurrently and the higher penalty, even though ordered later, should be implemented immediately and after the expiry of its period, if the currency of the period of earlier punishment still continues, the same may be implemented for the balance period,” it added.
Through different illustrations, the DoPT has explained the rules for the imposition of multiple penalties on serving charged Central Government Employees who receive their salaries as per the 7th pay Commission Pay Matrix. (Illustrations are available on the official website of DoPT).
CCS (Pension) Rule Change
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LTC Rule Change
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