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Group A officers need not submit a medical report this year for APAR

The government has ordered to delink recording of annual performance appraisal reports of Group A officers from submission of summary of medical report for year 2019-20 in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

It has been decided by the ministry of personal to delink the submission of summary of Medical Report from recording and completion of APAR for the year 2019-20. The timeline for conducting of Annual Medical Examination and thereafter submitting the summary of the Medical Report for the year 2019-20 is extended up to December 31, 2020.

The ministry of personal already extended dates for initiation and completion of the central government employees’ APARs due to coronavirus pandemic on March 30, 2020. A revised target date for completion of APARs for Group A, B and C officers of central civil services had been issued by the ministry.

According to the revised schedule, the distribution of blank APAR forms needs to be completed by May 30 and the submission of self-appraisal to reporting officer by June 30. This measure is a one-time relaxation only.

23 May 2020
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Khemka case: Court rubs Khattar's nose in dirt of his deed

In this website, we have always advised the political administration to keep their dirty hands off from interfering in the career of civil servants; especially, the whistleblower officers. But Haryana CM Manoharlal Khattar and Union Health Minister JP Nadda are made of Congress cast and hence refuse to mend their behavior. One tried to harm the career of IAS officer Ashok Khemka by lower grading in the annual performance report; another did the same thing to Sanjiv Chaturvedi. And both, through their below-contempt deeds, have invited nice strictures from the courts.

 

On Monday, the Punjab and Haryana High Court rejected the adverse remarks made by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Ashok Khemka’s performance appraisal report, asserting that senior IAS Officer’s “integrity is beyond doubt” and he needs to be protected from the damage being done to his career.

 

A division bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Kuldip Singh said, “We are of the view that a person of such professional integrity needs to be protected as the professional integrity in our political, social and administrative system is depleting very fast.”

 

The Court added, “Since the number of such officers whose integrity is beyond doubt and who have professional integrity of higher standard is depleting very fast, therefore, they need protection from being damaged by recording adverse remarks against the record.”

 

Ashok Khemka had sought the expunction of the adverse remarks made by Khattar in his annual performance appraisal report (APAR) of the year 2016-2017 and restoration of the overall grade of 9.92 as was given by the Reviewing Authority.

 

Khemka was represented by advocate Shreenath A Khemka in the matter before the High Court as well as the Central Administrative Tribunal, which in December 2018 had dismissed his application saying the accepting authority, who happens to the State Chief Minister, wrote the appraisal report within the limit prescribed under the rules.

 

Dismissing the CAT order, the division bench said, “The remarks of the Accepting Officer and the grading of 9.00 given by the Accepting Authority are hereby set aside and the opinion given by the Reviewing Authority is restored. The grading of 9.92 given by the Reviewing Authority is also restored and will prevail upon the grading given by the Reporting Authority.”

 

The division bench further said, “some of the matters are better understood than said in expressed words”.

 

“The severe constraints in which an honest and upright officer works under the political leadership are well known. There are so many pulls and pressures and the officer has to work according to the rules despite all these pulls and pressures. The Reviewing Authority has recorded that the petitioner is well known in the country for effective professional integrity under very difficult circumstances”.

18 Mar 2019
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Group A officers need not submit a medical report this year for APAR

By IndianMandarins 23 May 2020

The government has ordered to delink recording of annual performance appraisal reports of Group A officers from submission of summary of medical report for year 2019-20 in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

It has been decided by the ministry of personal to delink the submission of summary of Medical Report from recording and completion of APAR for the year 2019-20. The timeline for conducting of Annual Medical Examination and thereafter submitting the summary of the Medical Report for the year 2019-20 is extended up to December 31, 2020.

The ministry of personal already extended dates for initiation and completion of the central government employees’ APARs due to coronavirus pandemic on March 30, 2020. A revised target date for completion of APARs for Group A, B and C officers of central civil services had been issued by the ministry.

According to the revised schedule, the distribution of blank APAR forms needs to be completed by May 30 and the submission of self-appraisal to reporting officer by June 30. This measure is a one-time relaxation only.

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Khemka case: Court rubs Khattar's nose in dirt of his deed

By IndianMandarins 18 Mar 2019

In this website, we have always advised the political administration to keep their dirty hands off from interfering in the career of civil servants; especially, the whistleblower officers. But Haryana CM Manoharlal Khattar and Union Health Minister JP Nadda are made of Congress cast and hence refuse to mend their behavior. One tried to harm the career of IAS officer Ashok Khemka by lower grading in the annual performance report; another did the same thing to Sanjiv Chaturvedi. And both, through their below-contempt deeds, have invited nice strictures from the courts.

 

On Monday, the Punjab and Haryana High Court rejected the adverse remarks made by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Ashok Khemka’s performance appraisal report, asserting that senior IAS Officer’s “integrity is beyond doubt” and he needs to be protected from the damage being done to his career.

 

A division bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Kuldip Singh said, “We are of the view that a person of such professional integrity needs to be protected as the professional integrity in our political, social and administrative system is depleting very fast.”

 

The Court added, “Since the number of such officers whose integrity is beyond doubt and who have professional integrity of higher standard is depleting very fast, therefore, they need protection from being damaged by recording adverse remarks against the record.”

 

Ashok Khemka had sought the expunction of the adverse remarks made by Khattar in his annual performance appraisal report (APAR) of the year 2016-2017 and restoration of the overall grade of 9.92 as was given by the Reviewing Authority.

 

Khemka was represented by advocate Shreenath A Khemka in the matter before the High Court as well as the Central Administrative Tribunal, which in December 2018 had dismissed his application saying the accepting authority, who happens to the State Chief Minister, wrote the appraisal report within the limit prescribed under the rules.

 

Dismissing the CAT order, the division bench said, “The remarks of the Accepting Officer and the grading of 9.00 given by the Accepting Authority are hereby set aside and the opinion given by the Reviewing Authority is restored. The grading of 9.92 given by the Reviewing Authority is also restored and will prevail upon the grading given by the Reporting Authority.”

 

The division bench further said, “some of the matters are better understood than said in expressed words”.

 

“The severe constraints in which an honest and upright officer works under the political leadership are well known. There are so many pulls and pressures and the officer has to work according to the rules despite all these pulls and pressures. The Reviewing Authority has recorded that the petitioner is well known in the country for effective professional integrity under very difficult circumstances”.

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Centre was vindictive towards whistleblower officer: SC

By IndianMandarins 06 Feb 2019

In a surprising move the Apex Court has imposed a Rs 25,000 cost on the Centre upholding a Uttarakhand HC order which had found the Union government ‘vindictive’ towards Magsaysay award winner, Sanjiv Chaturvedi (IFS:2002:UD); formerly CVO, AIIMS.

 

The case relates to the Union Health Ministry which had given Chaturvedi, with the approval of the AIIMS Director and J P Nadda, a zero rating in the 2015-16 annual appraisal who had unearthed several scams involving senior officials, for which he had also given the Magsaysay award. Ironically, Chaturvedi had outstanding grading (APAR) till that year for 05 consecutive years and commended on record by the Union Health Secretary and Health minister for his exemplary work.

 

It may further be mentioned that the cost imposed by SC comes as an addition to an existing cost imposed by the Uttarakhand HC in 2018 when it held the Central govt to be vindicated against the whistleblower officer.

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Four JS level RAW officials sacked

By IndianMandarins 30 Jul 2018

In a stern move, India’s external intelligence agency the Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) has, reportedly, sacked four Joint Secretary level officials within a span of one year for non-performance. Reportedly, their APARs were not up to the mark.

This decision was based on a rule of DOPT that allows the govt to get rid of non-performers after completion of 50 years of age or 30 years of service.

A few years back, the DoPT had issued an order that services of employees could be terminated prematurely in public interest and after considering the entire service record of the officer. On the basis of this rule, four RAW officers were given compulsory retirement.

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