Indianmandarins has learnt the Centre is reviewing the performance of 122 deputy secretary-level officials posted in various Union ministries and departments for penal action under the service rules.
The department of personnel and training (DoPT) on Tuesday wrote to the administrative officials of 34 departments, seeking inputs on review of the said officials under Rule FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CSS (Pension) Rules, 1972.
Rule FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CSS (Pension) Rules empower the government to review retention in service of an official who has attained 50/55 years of age or has completed 30 years of service “in public interest”.
According to information tabled in Parliament during the last winter session, 58 bureaucrats have faced penalty, including compulsory retirement and pension cuts, for unsatisfactory performance since the NDA government came to power in May 2014.
Carrying forward the trend of penalising non-performing government officials, the DoPT is said to have asked the joint secretaries (administration) of as many as 34 ministries/departments to provide their inputs on the proposed review of 122 of them posted as deputy secretaries. The inputs would be processed and forwarded to the review committee for action.
Of the 122 officials whose performance is being reviewed, the highest, 17, are said to be posted in the defence ministry, followed by 13 in higher education, seven in health and family welfare and six each in commerce, food and public distribution, revenue and rural development ministries/departments.
An official each is said to be working with crucial departments like National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid) and National Security Council Secretariat. Five deputy secretaries each under the government’s scanner are posted in the ministries of labour and employment and environment, forests and climate change; three each in DoPT, DIPP and textiles ministry and two each in legal affairs, food processing industries, financial services, civil aviation and Ayush ministries.