Published On: Sun, Dec 8th, 2019

Corrupt junior Income Tax, Customs, CGST officers to be given compulsory retirement

New Delhi: The central government has started an operation to screen corrupt junior Income Tax, Customs, Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) officers who will given compulsory retirement, the Finance Ministry sources said on Friday.

The corrupt officers have been forced to retire under Fundamental Rule 56(j).

“The idea is to refurbish the image of the Revenue Department. As part of of the clean-up efforts, corrupt Group B central Revenue officers will be given compulsory retirement,” the sources told us.

The Finance Ministry asked all the cadre controlling authorities of Group B to do a screening of the works done by all the officers of their respective authorities and prepare a list of corrupt employees.

The corrupt officers, who have completed either 50 years of age or 30 years of service, will be given compulsory retirement, the sources said.

When asked how much time would be taken to initiate the process to screen the officials, the sources said, “Within a month”.

In a letter titled ‘Reminder Immediate’, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has asked 45 ministries and government bodies to immediately send details of non-performing and corrupt officers for their compulsory retirement.

As per reports, DoPT has asked the ministries and departments to send the name by 13 December.

The government has the absolute right to retire government officials prematurely on the ground of lack of integrity and ineffectiveness, in public interest, as per provisions of FR 56(j (i), Rule 48 of the Central Civil Services Pension Rules, 1972.

Earlier in June this year, the government wrote to all ministries asking them to send names of corrupt or non-performing officers to be considered for forced retirement every month.

In a letter dated 22 June DoPT had said “The Ministries/Departments should ensure that the prescribed procedure like forming of opinion to retire a Government employee prematurely in public interest is strictly adhered to, and the decision is not an arbitrary one and is not based on collateral grounds.”

21 Group ‘B’—Income Tax officers were already ordered compulsory retirement under Fundamental Rule 56(j) in November, 2019.

A total of 117 officers was removed from service since June this year when the government ordered a crackdown on corrupt and errant officials. Of these, 86 were high ranking officials and 12 of them were from the income tax department and 22 from Railways.

The government had also removed 15 officials of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) on charges of corruption, bribery and criminal conspiracy in June.

TST

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