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Mission Karmayogi shouldn't become an exercise of political vindictiveness

Frequent punitive transfers of bureaucrats known for their integrity and/or efficiency point to the ubiquitous political constraints on bureaucratic functioning

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civil services | Narendra Modi | Modi govt

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The Central government has doubled down on its efforts to streamline and improve the efficiency of its vast bureaucracy with the latest guidelines to review the performance of government servants in the 50-55 age group or those who have completed 30 years of service. Those found to be corrupt or inefficient would have to retire. These rules existed in the Fundamental Rule 56 (j) of the Central (Pension) Rules, 1972. It was under this rule that 27 senior tax officers were retired for corruption in June last year. Another 22 revenue service offices were fired and 284 from the Central Secretariat Service were shortlisted for retirement. This marked the first time the rule had been enforced on such a large scale. In its latest circular, the government is regularising the process by mandating that a register of civil servants in the target group be prepared and quarterly reviews conducted.

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First Published: Fri, September 04 2020. 01:17 IST

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