12 Feb, 2021 9:51p.m.

FR 56 rules invoked against 340 Gr A and B officers from July 2014 to Dec 2020


The Press Information Bureau has released a report on the number of officials terminated under the FR 56(J) rules. According to the report, the rule was used against 430 Central Government officers. The report based on the information/data provided by different Ministries/Departments/Cadre Controlling Authorities(CCAs), provisions of FR 56(J)/similar Rules has been invoked against 171 Group-A officers and 169 Group-B officers during July 2014 to December 2020. The Central Government officers against whom the action was taken includes All India Services (AIS) officers and officers of different Ministries/Departments

The press release was based on the written reply by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

As of 01.03.2018, the sanctioned strength of civilian regular employees under the Central Government is 3802779 and 3118956 employees are in position. Vacancies in the Central Government are caused due to retirement, resignation, death, promotion, etc and the posts falling vacant are required to be filled as per the Recruitment Rules by the concerned Ministries/Departments/Organizations. Filling up of vacant posts is a continuous process depending on the vacancies arising across Ministries/Departments during the year, and the action calendar of the recruiting agencies.

Department of Personnel &Training issues instructions from time to time for timely and advance action for filling up the vacant posts.  In January 2020, all the Ministries/Departments of the Central Government have been requested to take time-bound action to fill the existing vacancies in respective Ministries/Departments and their attached/subordinate offices.


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