VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT SCHEME

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Bihar DGP takes VRS to contest Assembly Elections; Singhal is interim DGP

Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey (IPS:1987:BH), took voluntary retirement from service on Tuesday evening; five months ahead of his retirement scheduled in February 2021. September 22, was his last working day.

Following Pandey’s VRS Sanjiv Kumar Singhal (IPS:1988:BH), Director General of Homeguard and Fire Services has been given additional charge of the DGP.

Not surprising, exempting him from the mandatory three-month notice-period against VRS Bihar Government accepted his VRS request with immediate effect. This is something which was evident from Pandey’s media statements in the backdrop of SSR death case.

Pandey had earlier taken premature retirement to contest the Lok Sabha elections in 2009. He reportedly wished to contest from the Buxar Lok Sabha seat on a BJP ticket however it did not materialize back then.

It is believed that in all probability he will contest Assembly Elections as a ruling NDA candidate from Buxar constituency.

23 Sep 2020
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Compulsorily or prematurely retirement gets another push

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.

30 Aug 2020
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Bihar DGP takes VRS to contest Assembly Elections; Singhal is interim DGP

By IndianMandarins 23 Sep 2020

Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey (IPS:1987:BH), took voluntary retirement from service on Tuesday evening; five months ahead of his retirement scheduled in February 2021. September 22, was his last working day.

Following Pandey’s VRS Sanjiv Kumar Singhal (IPS:1988:BH), Director General of Homeguard and Fire Services has been given additional charge of the DGP.

Not surprising, exempting him from the mandatory three-month notice-period against VRS Bihar Government accepted his VRS request with immediate effect. This is something which was evident from Pandey’s media statements in the backdrop of SSR death case.

Pandey had earlier taken premature retirement to contest the Lok Sabha elections in 2009. He reportedly wished to contest from the Buxar Lok Sabha seat on a BJP ticket however it did not materialize back then.

It is believed that in all probability he will contest Assembly Elections as a ruling NDA candidate from Buxar constituency.

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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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Two IRS officers have applied for VRS?

By IndianMandarins 02 Dec 2019

If some well-placed sources are to be believed 1999 batch IRS (IT) officers have applied for VRS. Reportedly, the duo took the move following their non-empanelment to hold Commissioner rank post in cadre; the empanelment which was notified in October 31. They have completed 20 years in service this year; a minimum term to qualify for retirement benefits including pension benefits.

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CBDT: 134 IRS officers empanelled as Commissioner IT, various deferred and several found unfit

https://www.indianmandarins.com/news/cbdt:-134-irs-officers-empanelled-as-commissioner-it,-various-deferred-and-several-found-unfit/19333


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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.

CLICK TO READ:

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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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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Former finance secretary says, his exit was bit unceremonious

By IndianMandarins 01 Nov 2019

Pain of apparent humiliation came to his face when senior officer Subhash Chandra Garg (IAS:1983:RJ), who retired on October 31 on voluntary basis after he was shifted from the post of the finance secretary to the power secretary.

Without mincing word, Garg said that his postings as the head of the finance departments at the Centre and in Rajasthan ended ‘little bit unceremoniously’. “It is not that I was immune to the consequences of my independent and unconventional ways of functioning. It might be a little strange, but all my postings as chief of finance departments in the state (Rajasthan) and at the Centre ended little bit unceremoniously,” he tweeted.

The power secretary was of the view that he was an independent-minded officer who implemented bold and unconventional decisions that may have not kept his bosses in good humour sometimes. He said he could have become the longest-serving finance secretary if he had held the post until his superannuation in October 2020.

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Senior IRS Income Tax officers quit service

By IndianMandarins 29 Oct 2019

Three senior officers belonging to Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) are reported to have quit the service. The Union Govt has reportedly accepted the VRS request of officers namely Ms Suniti Srivastava presently, Principal Commissioner Income Tax, Dehradun, J B Singh presently, Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax, Lucknow and Shivendra Kumar Gupta presently, Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, Hubballi.

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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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