AS more and more Central Secretariat Service officers are being surrendered by various Central ministries on the ground of non-performance, the department of personnel and training (DoPT) has stepped into action by instructing ministries not to do so. The DoPT in an official instruction dated
August 12, 2011, said that non-performance should be recorded during the officer’s performance appraisals. “Unilateral surrender of an officer on the grounds of non-performance and under-performance bring stigma to the said officer, and in the interest of natural justice he should be given a chance to explain his position before such an action is taken…Merely transferring an officer in the grounds of non-performance or under-performance from one department to another does not solve the basic problem of under performance”, the DoPT said in its instruction.
Though the exact number of officers being unilaterally surrendered by various ministries is not available, it has been substantial as the cadre controlling authority, DoPT, has recognized it “a problem”.
The DoPT has instructed ministries that actions should be taken against the non-performing officer first, and during that time a request should be made to the DoPT that the concerned officer is being transferred out of the said ministry or department.
Action and Appointments
a) Ravi Kota, a 1993 batch
cadre IAS, presently on “compulsory wait” in the ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), has been selected for appointment as director in the DoPT for the balance period of Central deputation tenure admissible to him, i.e. upto Assam March 19, 2013.
b) Anandrao Vishnu Patil, a 1998 batch Tamil Nadu cadre IAS, has been appointed as private secretary (deputy secretary level) to the minister of science and technology and earth sciences Vilasrao Deshmukh on lateral shift basis.
c) Ms Ishita Roy, a 1991 batch Kerala cadre IAS, presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Member Secretary in the Central Silk Board, Bengaluru at the rank of a joint secretary.