India Today - - INSIDE - —Uday Mahurkar

Lma­nip­u­la­tion, an op­por­tu­nity for se­nior of­fi­cers to play favourites or be vin­dic­tive. In re­cent years, about 90 per cent of IAS of­fi­cers have re­ceived ‘out­stand­ing’ APARs, making the re­ports prac­ti­cally mean­ing­less. A PMO of­fi­cial says such ap­praisals will be ex­tended to pub­lic ser­vice un­der­tak­ings and even in­sur­ance com­pa­nies. “We want these ap­praisals to have the cut­ting edge of a di­a­mond,” he says. “They are es­sen­tial to good gov­er­nance.” ast week, two In­dian Police Ser­vice of­fi­cers and one In­dian Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vice of­fi­cer were forced into early re­tire­ment on the grounds of in­ef­fi­ciency, non-per­for­mance and doubts over their in­tegrity. This was part of a drive by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to make the bu­reau­cracy more trans­par­ent, more ac­count­able and more pro­duc­tive.

On the ad­vice of the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice (PMO), the De­part­ment of Per­son­nel and Training has made it manda­tory for of­fi­cers from all of the 36 all-In­dia ser­vices to file their an­nual per­for­mance ap­praisal re­ports (APARs) on­line. (It will now also be manda­tory for civil ser­vice of­fi­cers to file their prop­erty re­turns on­line.)

Ap­praisals have been prone to

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