In a rare action, the Central government dismissed a senior IAS officer from service on the grounds of non-performance. Just days ago, two IPS officers were sacked on a similar ground, the decision that government said was taken in ‘public interest’.
On Wednesday, K Narasimha, a 1991 batch IAS officer of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, was served with a ‘premature retirement’ without any notice. The action came after a departmental review of the officer’s service allegedly found him unfit for the job.
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet approved the decision under Rule 16 (3) of All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules-1958 and allowed him to get three months pay and allowances in lieu of notice, official sources said.
The senior IAS has been sacked for alleged non-performance and also due to corruption charges against him, the sources added.
The Centre is conducting performance review of IAS officers working with central government departments in order to check dead wood. It has also asked state governments to carry out the similar exercise.
The all India services rule allow the central government to retire in public service an officer of all India services (Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service) after giving him or her at least three months previous notice in writing or three months pay and allowances.
A service review is conducted twice on an all India service officer– first after 15 years and again 25 years of completion of qualifying service.
Terming the action as “rare”, the sources said that the aim is to ensure there is no dead wood in the government and also zero tolerance to corruption.
K Narasimha is also facing a CBI probe for allegedly possessing assets more than his known sources of income. The allegations against the officer included misuse of official position while working as Secretary, Sports Authority of India, earlier.
Earlier this week, in a similar action, the Union Home Ministry had sacked two senior IPS officers for alleged non-performance.
Mayank Sheel Chohan, a 1998 batch AGMUT cadre officer, and Raj Kumar Dewangan, a 1992 batch Chhattisgarh cadre officer, have also been given premature retirement under the same service rules.
There were allegations against Chohan, a Superintendent of Police (SP) rank officer, of having disproportionate assets. He was also accused of remaining absent from service without authorisation when he was posted in Arunachal Pradesh.
Dewangan, an Inspector General of Police-rank officer, was facing a departmental inquiry in connection with a 1998 case of loot that took place during his tenure as SP in Janjgir-Champa district of Chhattisgarh.
(With inputs from the PTI)