COMPULSORY RETIREMENT

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CPSEs: Question of how to become lean without mean

Central public sector enterprises have started the process of becoming lean and mean by identifying, and getting rid of, unproductive human resources. In this regard, they are following the process initiated by the central government to retire 'duds' at 50 or 55.

If the process is meant to improve the productivity and profitability of the CPSEs, it's not clear how this objective may be achieved in view of the objectively acknowledged facts that much of the problems hurting the performance of the taxpayers-owned companies stem from years of acts of omission and commission of the political dispensation.

According to official information provided under the RTI Act to some individuals, the Cabinet has cleared the idea of strategic divestment in as many as 26 CPSEs that include PDIL, EPIL, Pawan Hans Limited B&R Company Limited, Air India, Central Electronics Limited (CEL), Cement Corporation India Limited, CCIL (Nayagaon unit), IMPCL, Salem Steel Plant, Bhadrawati Steel Plant, Durgapur Steel plant, Ferro Scrap Nigam Ltd. (FSNL), Nagarnar Steel Plant of NDMC, Bharat Earth Movers Limited, HLL Lifecare, BPCL, Shipping Corporation of India, Container Corporation of India Ltd(CONCOR), Nilachal Ispat Nigam Ltd, Hindustan Prefab, Bharat Pumps and Compressors, Scooters India Ltd(SIL), Hindustan Newsprint Ltd(HNL), KAPL, Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (BCPL), Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd., Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), Hindustan Fluorocarbon Ltd (HFL).

Indianmandarins has learned that the grand plan is to reduce the liability part of the assets of these companies by reducing human resources and shoring up the bottom line.

In this regard, BEL, for instance, had recently issued a circular asking its officials to prepare a list of unproductive personnel below the board level from both executive and non-executive categories whose services may be dispensed with by giving them a three-month advance notice or the salaries for three months in lieu of notice.

If BEL succeeds in its experiment, the chosen 26 CPSEs may follow in its footsteps.

But the big question is: will BEL succeed. Can the CPSE managements prevail over the entrenched unions?

(By Mukul Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan)

07 Sep 2020
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Forced retirement: CCGEW threatens for serious agitational programs?

The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers (CCGEW) has strongly opposed the move of the Govt of India against its unilateral and arbitrary imposition of provisions of Rules FR56(J) and Rule 48(H) Pension Rules to retire the government employees pre-maturely and forcibly

The Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) had on 28.08.2020 issued an OM (No. 25013/03/2019-ESTT-A 4)  underlining that the Govt of India has the power to pre-maturely retire any government official who has completed 30 years of service and attained the age of 50-55 years on various vague grounds as such “Doubtful integrity”, “ineffectiveness”. CCGEW terms it as petty allegations.

CCGEW apprehends that above mentioned OM gives infinite power to the authority to pick and choose the targeted employees for such forced premature retirement and the victim employee will not be given any opportunity to explain as natural justice demands. After retirement, he can approach advisory committee appointed by the Govt of India.

The Confederation further adds that this order snatches away one’s basic rights of employees and Unions and in violation of Labour Laws.

Demanding the withdrawal of the said OM CCGEW strongly opposes the so-called authoritarian and arbitrary move else it would launch a serious of serious agitational programs.

07 Sep 2020
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CPSEs: Question of how to become lean without mean

By Mukul Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan 07 Sep 2020

Central public sector enterprises have started the process of becoming lean and mean by identifying, and getting rid of, unproductive human resources. In this regard, they are following the process initiated by the central government to retire 'duds' at 50 or 55.

If the process is meant to improve the productivity and profitability of the CPSEs, it's not clear how this objective may be achieved in view of the objectively acknowledged facts that much of the problems hurting the performance of the taxpayers-owned companies stem from years of acts of omission and commission of the political dispensation.

According to official information provided under the RTI Act to some individuals, the Cabinet has cleared the idea of strategic divestment in as many as 26 CPSEs that include PDIL, EPIL, Pawan Hans Limited B&R Company Limited, Air India, Central Electronics Limited (CEL), Cement Corporation India Limited, CCIL (Nayagaon unit), IMPCL, Salem Steel Plant, Bhadrawati Steel Plant, Durgapur Steel plant, Ferro Scrap Nigam Ltd. (FSNL), Nagarnar Steel Plant of NDMC, Bharat Earth Movers Limited, HLL Lifecare, BPCL, Shipping Corporation of India, Container Corporation of India Ltd(CONCOR), Nilachal Ispat Nigam Ltd, Hindustan Prefab, Bharat Pumps and Compressors, Scooters India Ltd(SIL), Hindustan Newsprint Ltd(HNL), KAPL, Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (BCPL), Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd., Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), Hindustan Fluorocarbon Ltd (HFL).

Indianmandarins has learned that the grand plan is to reduce the liability part of the assets of these companies by reducing human resources and shoring up the bottom line.

In this regard, BEL, for instance, had recently issued a circular asking its officials to prepare a list of unproductive personnel below the board level from both executive and non-executive categories whose services may be dispensed with by giving them a three-month advance notice or the salaries for three months in lieu of notice.

If BEL succeeds in its experiment, the chosen 26 CPSEs may follow in its footsteps.

But the big question is: will BEL succeed. Can the CPSE managements prevail over the entrenched unions?

(By Mukul Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan)

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Forced retirement: CCGEW threatens for serious agitational programs?

By IndianMandarins 07 Sep 2020

The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers (CCGEW) has strongly opposed the move of the Govt of India against its unilateral and arbitrary imposition of provisions of Rules FR56(J) and Rule 48(H) Pension Rules to retire the government employees pre-maturely and forcibly

The Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) had on 28.08.2020 issued an OM (No. 25013/03/2019-ESTT-A 4)  underlining that the Govt of India has the power to pre-maturely retire any government official who has completed 30 years of service and attained the age of 50-55 years on various vague grounds as such “Doubtful integrity”, “ineffectiveness”. CCGEW terms it as petty allegations.

CCGEW apprehends that above mentioned OM gives infinite power to the authority to pick and choose the targeted employees for such forced premature retirement and the victim employee will not be given any opportunity to explain as natural justice demands. After retirement, he can approach advisory committee appointed by the Govt of India.

The Confederation further adds that this order snatches away one’s basic rights of employees and Unions and in violation of Labour Laws.

Demanding the withdrawal of the said OM CCGEW strongly opposes the so-called authoritarian and arbitrary move else it would launch a serious of serious agitational programs.

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Compulsorily or prematurely retirement gets another push

By IndianMandarins 30 Aug 2020

With an objective of weeding out inefficient and corrupt government officials, the NaMo government has again reiterated that the ministries/departments would be in a constant endeavor to update the list of officers (in 50-55 yrs age bracket) who have completed 30 years of service. In addition, the register of ‘Officers with Doubtful Integrity’ (ODI) too would be reviewed and updated on a quarterly basis that would help in the identification of officers to be prematurely retired from service.

The DoPT letter issued on 28 August reads “In order to bring in better clarity to the existing instructions and enable uniform implementation, an effort has been made to review, consolidate and reiterate the guidelines so far issued on the subject at one place”.  

Last year, the NaMo Govt endorsed lists of dozens of IRS IT and IRS C&CE officials accused of corruption, sexual harassment, among other charges.

Reportedly, the list will be forwarded to the respective Review and Representation Committee on a routine basis. For example, cases pertaining to IAS, IPS, IFS (Forest), IFS (MEA), Railway cadre officers would be considered by the respective Secretary/Chairman of DOPT, MHA, MOEF&CC, MEA, CRB respectively.

The premature retirement would be done under Fundamental Rules 56(j), 56(l) or Rule 48 (1) (b) of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.

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Retirement age galore: Indianmandarins’ reports proved accurate

By IndianMandarins 29 Nov 2019

Lowering the retirement age of the Central Govt employees had been the most discussed issue in past few months. Several such versions were floating across media claiming each of them to be authentic one but it was Indianmandarins which relied on its own top sources and its successive news reports denying any such move of lowering the retirement age from 60 yrs to 58 yrs.  

Indianmandarins questioned (21.09.2019) the growing uncertainty over retirement age issue and made an effort (23.09.2019) to expose the rumours through a reality check. Terming the rumour on ‘proposal of lowering the retirement age’ a ghost Indianmandarins in its report dated 05.11.2019 underlined that “....contrary to the rumours Indianmandarins’ learnt through some key officials that no such proposal has been initiated as yet.”

Finally, Union Minister for Personnel Dr Jitendra Singh (on 27.11.2019) said in a written reply to Lok Sabha; "No Sir. Presently, there is no proposal to reduce age of retirement on superannuation from 60 years to 58 years,"

It may be underlined that MPs Kaushal Kishore and Upendra Singh Rawat had asked whether there was any proposal before the government to decrease the retirement age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years or under article 56(J) of compulsory retirement on attaining the age of 50 years.

Further, in his reply, the Dr Jitendra Singh said that there were provisions under Fundamental Rules 56(j), Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Rule 16(3) (Amended) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, according to which the government has the absolute right to retire officials prematurely, on the ground of lack of integrity or ineffectiveness, in public interest, by giving notice of not less than three months in writing or three months' pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.

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Retirement age 58 years: The ghost returns (News dated 05.11.2019)

NaMo Administration and retirement age: Rumours Vs reality (News dated 23.09.2019)

Uncertainty over retirement age galore: Buck must stop? (News dated 21.09.2019)


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Senior IAS officer given compulsory retirement

By IndianMandarins 25 Nov 2019

Former Deputy CEO of Noida Authority Rajiv Kumar (II) who was convicted and jailed for 3 years in the 1993 multi-crore Noida plot allotment scam, was on Sunday slapped with a notice by the Yogi Adityanath Government for compulsory retirement. Kumar, the youngest IAS officer of the 1983 batch, was  was due to retire in December this year. He is the first serving IAS officer in UP who faces the ignominy of being compulsorily retired for corruption. The Apex Court (SC) had convicted him in 2012. He was Deputy CEO of Noida Authority when the scam unfolded under the then CEO Neera Yadav, who was later elevated as Chief Secretary by then CM Mulayam Singh Yadav.

 

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Retirement age 58 years: The ghost returns

By IndianMandarins 05 Nov 2019

Sometime it is 62 years, sometimes it is 58 years and sometimes 33 years of the service. The ghost keeps resurfacing with a new face and obviously refuse to die down. After the gap of a couple of weeks, the rumour on Monday resurfaced that NaMo Govt has finally decided lowering of retirement age from 60 yrs to 58 yrs.

Govt officials close to certain top officials said that the 06th and the last round of meeting concluded last week. It was claimed that post meeting, a sealed envelope was sent to the top for approval. It was also added that as per the final note, the Govt has already considered financial packages for compensating early retirement.

Proponents of this theory say that even though the NaMo administration has been implementing forced retirement under the Rule FR 56J, it is cumbersome process and highly prone to judicial review as well. Whereas lowering the retirement age of the Central Govt employees from 60 yrs to 58 yrs would be easier to achieve the desired goal.

But what appeared interesting is that contrary to the rumours Indianmandarins’ learnt through some key officials that no such proposal has been initiated as yet. Reportedly, even if there is any truth it might be in the confines of PMO only. But the ghost of retirement age refuses to die down.   

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Premature-retirement: 154 SAG & HAG officers being reviewed

By IndianMandarins 24 Oct 2019

If some well-placed sources are to be believed Railways Ministry has kick-started the NaMo administration’s directives of periodic review of officials to find out fit cases for premature retirement.

Reportedly, Railway Board is reviewing the services of 154 Indian Railway Medical Service (IRMS) officers at Senior Administrative Grade and Higher Administrative Grade who have attained 50 yrs of age or would be attaining 50 yrs of age in between 01.01.2020 to 31.03.2020.

Railway Board is appeared to have conveyed to the Zonal Railways that the screening of all IRMS officers between the above mentioned age brackets be carried out by an by internal committee. The Board has set 31.10.2019 as the deadline for submition of reports.

It may be mentioned that only 154 IRMS officers are presently working directly under the Railway Board whereas rest of the IRMS officers work under the direct supervision of Zonal Railways.

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NaMo Administration and retirement age: Rumours Vs reality

By IndianMandarins 23 Sep 2019

When one becomes a government servant, the most certain thing is tenure of service and retirement age. But today it has become the most uncertain thing albeit for the time being only. Changing rules of the game everywhere is the new normal. Making uncertain things certain (Demo & Article 370 are living examples) and certain things uncertain has been the hallmark of the NaMo Administration so far.

 

Lowering the retirement age of the Central Govt employees has been the most discussed issue of late. Several such versions are floating across media claiming each of them to be authentic one. It has heavily pre-occupied the mind space of govt officials and medipersons alike and none of them having any clear version about the truth of this piece of information. Even most of the senior members of Indian bureaucracy are anxious and inquisitive about the authenticity of what have been doing rounds for the last 4-5 days.

 

Social media is flooded with different versions. One such message reads, “DoPT has finalized proposals for implementation of 33 years service or 60 years age whichever is early for retirement on superannuation for all government employees. File sent to finance ministry for implementation w. e. f. 1.4.2020.”

 

Surprisingly, a list of senior civil servants was also circulated on social-media on Sunday announcing their new date of retirement. But it was also interesting that the list was only about IRS officers as if someone was trying to make them jittery.

 

Another document also found prime space in social-media having caption “DoPT seeks service profile of central services”.


Information and documents as above mentioned, intended to underline that retirement age (60 yrs or 33 yrs of service) was just a matter of announcement. May be true but at the same time Govt must come up with its true version. When ambiguity dominates public space like in the case of ‘Ganesh ji drinking milk’, the government version is announced to put thing in perspective.

 

Indianmandarins spoke to several senior bureaucrats across services and batches but most of them were unsure of any such move finding themselves among mute-spectators. When people sitting in high offices become uncertain even about certain things it castes its shadow downward as well.

 

In fact, several theories, though none of them convincing, are also being attached to the retirement age galore.

 

One such theory suggests that it may have been the game-plan of opposition ahead of Delhi Assembly elections as a big chunk of voters are from service class with influence. Earlier, same set of rhetoric of  retirement age did rounds ahead of Delhi elections.

 

The other theory doing round suggests that it might be a part of design to distract public attention from gleaming economic parameters. It is also being said that receiving Rs 1.76 lakh crore from RBI and big tax cut in corporate tax to boost economy, the government might have firm plan to address unemployment issue. This theory, to an extent, makes some sense as the move of lowering the retirement age may add up lakhs of recruitment every year.  But the flip side is that the government would have to cough up huge money for PF and gratuity payments.

 

Moreover, in case it turns out to be true early age entrants (at 22-24 yrs) who once exhibited competence and promising career prospects may be at the receiving end than those ones who entered civil service quite late. 

 

Another version too sounds convincing enough. A very senior civil servant told Indianmandarins that the NaMo administration has great appetite for experiments in governance and administration like in the cases 360 degree method, lateral entry, aspirational districts, IAS probationers as Assistant Secretary in Govt of India and many more. It has bigg appetite for bigger risks as well (e.g. Demo, GST and Article 370). And this debate over retirement age galore too could be part of NaMo administration’s scheme of thing but it seems to be at the nascent stage. The officials told Indianmandarins that it appears that the move could have been initiated from the very top that’s why most of the senior level officials are still less exposed to information on any such initiative.

 

Another official told Indianmandarins that as far as the new civil list with revised retirement date might be part of some ongoing exercise to gauge number of vacancy and monetary implications and floating the list of IRS officers must have been made viral from some IT enthusiast.

 

It may be recalled that following a similar sustained rumours Dr Jitendra Singh (MoS Personnel & PMO) had, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, put to rest all speculations on retirement age reduction (In December 2015) by saying that "the retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58-60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the fifth Central Pay Commission," and that there was no such proposal "at present" to reduce the age from 60 to 58 years.

 

So will NaMo Govt come up with any such official statement approving or disapproving any such proposal on retirement age once again?

 

Obviously, speedy action on the provisions of 56J has added to the panic related to the retirement age.

 

Whatever be the truth the ongoing scenario has left various questions which may be answered in phases and they are: Has NaMo administration finalised a new retirement policy for govt employees adding new provisio of ’33 years of service or 60 years whichever earlier’ been added’? Has DoPT sent the policy decision to the Department of Expenditure for evaluation and assessment of cost of mass retirement? Will it pass judicial scrutiny? Will the move boost employment and economy? And lastly, will the policy, if already finalised, be effective w.e.f. 01.04.2020? A big question mark everywhere. And one may say that ‘the buck must stop’ somewhere.

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Uncertainty over retirement age galore: Buck must stop?

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(By Rakesh Ranjan, Editor-in-chief)

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