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Six month limit to complete graft enquiries against bureaucrats

At present, there are no rules that define time limit for conducting corruption enquiries


Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Six month limit to complete graft enquiries against bureaucrats

The government has decided to fix six-month deadline for completion of corruption enquiries against Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers among others.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has finalised draft rules to put a time limit for each stage of the enquiries to ensure expeditious disposal of corruption cases.

"The Inquiring Authority should conclude the inquiry and submit his report within a period of six months," the draft rules said.

However, this period can be extended for a further period of six months after recording reasons of the Inquiring Authority in this regard, it said.

At present, there are no rules that define time limit for conducting corruption enquiries.

As per the government proposal, officers will get copy of articles of charges from the disciplinary authority and they should give their response mandatorily within 15 days.

In cases, where a disciplinary authority decides to consult Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in the matter involving a delinquent officer, its advice need to be shared with such charged employee.

The UPSC conducts civil service examination to select officers for various services including IAS and IPS and it is consulted by authorities concerned before acting against a civil servant.

The government servant will be given 15 days to submit his representation on receipt of such advice from the Commission.

All ministries have been asked to share their comments on the proposed changes in the rules, which if comes into force will be applicable to IAS, Indian Foreign Service and IPS officers and those belonging to other civil services.

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First Published: Thu, March 09 2017. 23:23 IST