A typical government office in India (representative image)
A typical government office in India (representative image)

New Delhi: Seventeen officers belonging to different central ministries, departments and public sector undertakings were removed from service during April-May this year, the government informed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said, of the 17 officers sent on premature retirement or jobs terminated, two belonged to the department of commerce, nine to the department of expenditure, two from the ministry of defence and four from the ministry of housing and urban affairs.

This follows the CBI raid on Tuesday at 110 locations across 19 States and Union Territories in connection with 30 separate cases of corruption, criminal misconduct and even arms smuggling

The termination orders were issued, based on the policy of periodic review and premature retirement of government servants, which is a continuous process. The factors taken into consideration include integrity, performance, delivery etc., of the officer, he said in a written reply.

In response to the query whether there were any guidelines laid down against corrupt and non-performing employees, the Minister said it has been reiterated from time to time to ensure that the prescribed procedure like forming of opinion to retire a government officer or employee prematurely in public interest is strictly adhered to, and the decision is not an arbitrary one, and is not based on collateral grounds.

Singh said pertinent to mention that carrying forward the policy of “zero tolerance towards corruption” and “maximum governance, minimum government”, the Modi government, soon after beginning its second term, took the decision to carry out the termination of certain officials who were either found corrupt or non-performing.

Meanwhile, Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh had said in the Lok Sabha on 10 July that 312 bureaucrats found to be corrupt or inefficient allegedly were forced to retire.

This follows the CBI raid on Tuesday at 110 locations across 19 States and Union Territories in connection with 30 separate cases of corruption, criminal misconduct and even arms smuggling.

The Narendra Modi government is not the only BJP-led coalition that has come down heavily on bureaucrats facing charges of corrupt acts. Before this, the Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh retired 201 officials and took “strict action” like transferring, suspending and putting restrictions on promotions of 417 babus on charges of corruption and/or inefficiency.