Friday, May 06, 2016

72 revenue officers dismissed, 33 retired prematurely; minister Jayant Sinha terms it a "strict action" against non-performers

CENTRE has begun to take strict action against “defaulting and non-performing revenue officials”. After the news broke about premature retirement of as many as 33 revenue officers including seven from the coveted Indian Revenue Service and also dismissal of 72 others including six from Group A service, minister of state for finance Jayant Sinha posted the following message in Twitter, claiming that it’s for the first time such a strict action was taken. He said:
“For the first time, strict action taken against defaulting and nonperforming Revenue officials. 72 dismissed, 33 retired prematurely!” Though there were instances of sacking non-performing officers earlier too, it’s possibly for the first time that marching orders were given to such a large number of revenue officers, that too in one go.
According to news reports, this move of dismissing and premature retirement came after the Prime Minister’s advisory to the secretaries two months ago to crack the whip against non-performing officers. What’s quite significant is that commissioner-ranked Income Tax officers also figured in the list of 33 who are “retired prematurely”.
And those figured in the separate list of 72 “dismissed” officers as issued by the ministry of finance, are mainly the ones against whom departmental or disciplinary actions were pending for over two years. 
Earlier in January this year, 11 Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Excise) officers were sent packing, as they were absent from office without authorisation for more than five years. That sacking order was issued by Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), dated January 4, 2016. Once an officer is sacked or deemed to have resigned, he or she loses all retirement benefits. Those 11 officers included two joint commissioners, five deputy commissioners, three assistant commissioners and one additional commissioner.


  1. This is very arbitrary and demeaning. Why only the IRS and Revenue department is targetted. There are many useless departments and many non-performing IAS, IPS officers. Action should be taken against everyone. This govt led by Modi is focussing mainly on Department of Revenue, GOI so as to gain more votes and appease people

    1. This current government has a huge vested interest among traders and merchants who are number one businesses involved in tax violations and black money. No wonder IRS and Income Tax Service is targetted.

  2. But why are the names kept secret?

  3. But why are the names kept secret?

  4. Lt. General (Retd) KapoorMay 8, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Congratulations to the Prime Minister Modi and his Cabinet. This is first time in history, where civil servants are either been shunted, fired, dismissed and prematurely retired for incompetence.

    Civil Servants "so called bureaucrats" are need to be dealt with iron hand as all international rating rated Indian Civil Servants are worst performers.

    It is also time to remove incompetent individuals from the IAS and the Foreign Service (Group A).

    Useless officers from Foreign Service (Group A and B) and MEA should be fired and dismissed from Service. Other than qualifying as toppers from the Civil Service, their contribution to India is insignificant.

    1. well said Sir.

      The services of such importance must have performers only.
      In your organisation only 25% make it to the next rank. Thus the standards are maintained.
      All Services should have a process of shunting out non performers at every level.
      This will keep them moving.

  5. Good step by the Modi govt. Officials should not be considered above the law. Also names should be made public since corruption is not regarded as a stigma any more. It should not be restricted only to IRS officers but all services/departments.

  6. Good going. In fact, list of all such Govt. officials/officers who have been awarded minor or major penalties ought to be put in the public domain so that it serves as deterrent to prospective violators. For e.g. no one knows what penalty was awarded to one Indian Foreign Officer whose misdemeanor was in the public domain i.e. he misbehaved with women on board while being drunk during his journey to New York to take up assignment in the PMI to UN.