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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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Lok Sabha: Two Joint Director level officers face compulsory retirement

By IndianMandarins 04 Sep 2020

If some well-placed sources are to be believed two officers, Mrs Kaveri Jeswal and Pranav Kumar,  working as Joint Director in Lok Sabha were compulsorily retired under the clause U) of Rule 56 of the Fundamental Rules (read with Rule 9 of the Lok Sabha Secretariat) w.e.f. 31 August 2020. 

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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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FR 56J and sacked officials: Nandan and Jindal in a Committee to examine representations

By IndianMandarins 06 Aug 2020

To examine the representation of officials sacked for alleged inefficiency or corruption from the government service, Consumer Affairs Secretary Leena Nandan (IAS:1987:UP) will be part of a committee. The three-member panel has been reconstituted by the ministry.

Besides Nandan, Ashutosh Jindal (IAS:1995:TR), Joint Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, will be the other member of the committee. One member nominated by the cadre controlling authority (under whose administrative control the alleged corrupt officials come) will also be part of the panel.

The committee examines the representation of employees who are sacked under Fundamental Rule (FR) 56 (J), (I) and Rule 48 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules 1972.

Both the provisions allow the government to examine the cases of government employees who can be sacked in the public interest for being allegedly corrupt or inefficient.

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Forced retirement: 21 IT officials sacked

By IndianMandarins 27 Nov 2019

In its bid to weed out non-performing and corrupt officers, the Central government has on November 26 forced 21 more tax officials to retire on alleged charges of corruption, professional misconduct and possession of illegal cash. With this the total number of such officials has gone up to 85 since June 2019.

This time round action has been taken against corrupt CBDT officials in the rank of income-tax officers (ITO). This seems to be the fifth round of operation clean-up undertaken this year. With this, till now 85 officers, including 64 high-ranking tax officers from both CBIC and CBDT have been compulsorily retired under Fundamental Rule 56(J).

This rule empowers the government to initiate action against corrupt officials on the basis of available evidence. The same retirement benefits are admissible to these compulsorily retired officials as applicable to officers upon retirement on normal age of superannuation.

Sources informed that one ITO posted in Rajahmundry was forced to retire because she was caught receiving Rs 150,000 bribe. Another official in Visakhapatnam was trapped by the CBI, which recovered Rs 75,000 from his office in addition to the recovery of Rs30,000 during the operation.

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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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