Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw approves forced retirement for 10 senior DoT officials | India News

NEW DELHI: Government forced 10 elderly people to retire telecommunications department officials, some with questionable integrity, are part of zero tolerance for corruption. The move follows similar measures taken over the past few years, in which nearly 400 officers with questionable records were removed from the government.
Minister of Communications and IT Ashwini Vaishnaw approve forced retirement to 10 senior DoT (Ministry of Telecommunications) officials, including a general secretary, according to an official source. This is the first time that DoT employees have been forced to retire under Section 56(J) under Retirement Rule 48 of the CCS (Retirement) Rule, 1972.
‘9/10 officers of the Department of Transport forced to retire are directors’
“The minister of telecommunications has approved the forced retirement of 10 senior officials of the Ministry of Technology on suspicion of integrity and the government’s zero tolerance for corruption. Out of the 10 officials, nine are working at the directorial level and one is a general secretary,” the source said.
The move comes a day before the ‘Good Governance Day’ celebrated annually by the government.
In September, a senior BSNL official who was caught taking a nap during a Vaishnaw meeting after the cabinet approved a Rs 1.6 lakh package for public sector business was given voluntary retirement. .
In the railway sector, Vaishnaw approved the retirement of about 40 officials for failing to perform their duties properly and having doubts about integrity; among them were a secretarial officer and two special secretariat officers. Earlier this year, the government said Congress that between July 2014 and June 2022, this provision was invoked against 395 officials in government ministries and departments. This includes 203 officers from Group A and 192 from Group B.
The revenue department was one of the first to use the provision to force retirement officials with impure records. Later, other departments, including railroads, used this supply to process dead wood.
The Center has asserted that the government has full authority to retire officials early on grounds of lack of integrity and inefficiency, in the public interest.
This provision can be used for Class A and B officers who have turned 50 and enlisted before the age of 35.


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