01 Aug, 2022 7:02a.m.

Nearly 400 non-performing & corrupt officers terminated in 8 years as per FR 56


In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh stated that 395 non-performing and corrupt central government employees were prematurely retired between July 2014 and June 2022.

Invoking the provisions of various service rules/Fundamental Rule–56, the minister stated that the Centre has the absolute authority to prematurely retire government employees in the benefit of the public (j). The provisions permit the government to retire in the public interest of government officials suspected of corruption or poor performance.

The outcome was the premature retirement of 203 Group-A officers and 192 Group-B officers by the Centre.

The minister stated that in the event of proven cases of grave misbehaviour, any penalty listed in the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control, and Appeal) Rules, 1965, including removal or expulsion from service, may be imposed on Central government personnel to whom these rules apply.

"Since the charged officers are removed or dismissed under these rules by the respective cadre controlling authorities, data of such employees are not maintained centrally," Singh said in response to a question seeking the number of central civil service officers who have been either removed or dismissed since 2017.

Separately, the Minister of State for Personnel disclosed that 221 consent requests for CBI investigations are pending with six states. Singh stated that demands totalling 30,912 crores are pending with the states of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh.

In a written response to a question from BJP member Sushil Kumar Modi, the minister stated that, as of 30 June 2022, the CBI was investigating 221 cases without the agreement of state governments.

According to the minister's response, there are a total of 168 pending cases in Maharashtra. While there are 27 outstanding cases in West Bengal, The amounts involved in ongoing cases in Maharashtra and West Bengal are respectively 29,040 crores and 1,194 crores.

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