Published On: Wed, Dec 30th, 2015

Now DoPT minister’s approval to be required for suspension IAS officers

New Delhi: Minister in charge of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) will hold all of the power when it comes to suspend any IAS officer working with the Centre, as a circular recently released by DoPT reveals his approval will be needed now for all such suspensions.

IAS officers working with the Centre can now be suspended only with the approval of the DoPT Minister Jitendra Singh.

IAS officers working with the Centre can now be suspended only with the approval of the DoPT Minister Jitendra Singh.

Until now, the Centre could suspend an IAS officer and a Central Review Committee of bureaucrats would step into the picture only if the suspension was to be continued beyond a year.

The circular released by the DoPT on December 21 states that the IAS officers working with the Centre can now be suspended only on the recommendation of the Central Review Committee and with the approval of the DoPT minister in charge, who is currently minister of state Jitendra Singh.

The the administrative head of the DoPT, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already spoken in the past about protecting honest officers.

Currently, the Centre could suspend an IAS officer and a Central Review Committee of bureaucrats would step into the picture only if the suspension was to be continued beyond a year.

The circular also brought changes of states power. Accordingly, the states will now have to inform the Centre within 48 hours of suspending any all-India services officer (IAS, IPS and IFS) working for them. There was no time limit earlier. “Copy of the suspension order and reasons for the suspension have to be communicated,” the new rules say.

The circular also outlined that the state cannot keep an officer suspended beyond 30 days if the Centre does not confirm the suspension or if disciplinary proceedings are not initiated. The earlier period was 45 days.

The new rules have kicked in after almost year-long deliberations with the states in the backdrop of suspensions of IAS officers including Ashok Khemka and Durga Shakti Nagpal.

The new rules also stipulate that any appeals or memorials against disciplinary action taken by the state government or a central ministry against an all-India service officer must be forwarded to the Centre with the ministry or state’s comments within 30 days of receipt “or the Central government will take a decision on the advance copy of the appeal received by them.”

Inputs with ET

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