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Maintain ‘Secret diary’ on corrupt employees: Centre to officers

New Delhi: Supervisory officers have been asked to maintain a confidential diary to record instances of alleged corruption about their subordinates and details of action taken on them, the Centre has said.

DoPT Secretary Sanjay Kothari
DoPT Secretary Sanjay Kothari

The move follows as it has been noticed that reporting officers do not make clear and categorical mention about the integrity of their junior officer while filling Annual Performance Assessment Reports (APARs).

Further, it has also been seen that in case of doubt of integrity of the officer reported upon, the procedures prescribed for filling up the integrity column in APARs are not being followed appropriately, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in its Office Memorandum No.21011/27/2015-Estt.(A-II) dated February 11, 2016.

Supervisory officers should maintain a confidential diary in which instances which create suspicion about the integrity of a subordinate should be noted from time to time and action to verify the truth of such suspicions should be taken expeditiously by making confidential enquiries departmentally or by referring the matter to the Special Police Establishment (CBI or Lokayukta), it said, reiterating 43-year-old instructions issued in this regard.

The move will help government take action against those who are corrupt or the non-performers ones.

“At the time of recording the annual confidential report, this diary should be consulted and the material in it utilised for filling the column about integrity,” the DoPT said.

A copy of the secret note should be sent together with the character roll to the next superior officers who should ensure that the follow-up action is taken with due expedition, it said in an order issued recently to all ministries.


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