Fail to file re­turns, babus may not get cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion

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AN IAS, IFS and IPS of­fi­cer can be de­nied cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion if he is fac­ing graft charges or has de­faulted in sub­mit­ting an­nual prop­erty re­turns, as per the govern­ment's new pol­icy.

It has also been de­cided to re­lax se­lec­tion cri­te­ria fur­ther to en­sure ad­e­quate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of of­fi­cers be­long­ing to Sched­uled Castes, Sched­uled Tribes, women and the North East at the cen­tral level.

The De­part­ment of Per­son­nel and Train­ing (DoPT) has fi­nalised new guide­lines on cen­tral dep­u­ta­tion for Joint Sec­re­tary and equiv­a­lent posts for of­fi­cers be­long­ing to In­dian Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vice (IAS), In­dian For­eign Ser­vice (IFS), In­dian Po­lice Ser­vice (IPS) and In­dian For­est Ser­vice (IFoS), among oth­ers.

"Vig­i­lance de­nied of­fi­cer shall not be em­pan­eled, which means that they ex­haust their first chance of em­pan­el­ment. The cases of of­fi­cers who have de­faulted in fil­ing prop­erty re­turns shall also be treated as vig­i­lance de­nied, for a pe­riod of one year for ev­ery de­fault.

"Ad­verse im­pact of de­fault in fil­ing of Im­mov­able Prop­erty Re­turns would be one year ap­pli­ca­ble to the em­pan­el­ment due in the year of de­fault," a DoPT di­rec­tive said.

In case the se­lec­tion process does not lead to ad­e­quate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of cat­e­gories like SC, ST, women, par­tic­u­lar state cadres, North East among oth­ers in the panel, the cri­te­ria for em­pan­el­ment would be suit­ably re­laxed to give due rep­re­sen­ta­tion to these sec­tions, it said.

The di­rec­tive said that em­pan­el­ment should be con­sid­ered not as a re­flec­tion of the in­trin­sic merit or oth­er­wise of an of­fi­cer but the suit­abil­ity of an of­fi­cer to oc­cupy se­nior lev­els in the cen­tral govern­ment.

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