The Modi government is acting upon the mantra ‘Perform or perish’. This mantra is followed in order to make its workforce accountable. The recent action taken by the government on non-performing government officials validates this claim. The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has shown that it has taken actions like cut in remuneration and premature retirement against 381 civil services officers, including 24 from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers. These actions were taken against officers for being non-performers and allegedly being involved in illegal activities such as corruptions.
The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has highlighted these measures in a booklet titled '3 years of sustained HR initiatives: Foundation for a new India’. It was also revealed in a presentation made before Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently.The booklet says “To ensure accountability of bureaucracy, the government has made probity and performance the twin pillars on which good governance rests”. The booklet also says that strict action has also been initiated against officers on foreign postings who were continuing on such assignments beyond their approved tenures.
These strict measures taken by the government are seen as a signs of State’s efforts to inculcate a sense of discipline and accountability in the bureaucracy.These actions have also sent a message to employees to either perform or perish, while having a positive impact on the performing workforce.
Apart from it, the booklet revealed that the records of 11,828 Group A officers, including 2,953 all India services like the IAS, the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFoS), were keenly reviewed.
Along with group A officers, the service records of 19,714 Group B officers were also reviewed to eliminate the deadwood and the corrupt.
In the presentation before the prime minister, the ministry confirmed that action was taken against 381 bureaucrats that include A total of 25 Group A officers, including one IAS and two IPS, and 99 Group B officers were prematurely retired by the government.
Following the actions of the ministry, as many as 21 civil servants, including ten IAS officers, deemed to have resigned.
The penalties like dismissal, removal or compulsorily retirement and cut in pension was also imposed on 37 Group A officers that included five from the IAS.
In addition to this, 199 Group A officers, including eight from the IAS, were penalized on remuneration, it said. The ministry said these steps taken by the government show “visible demonstration of the will of the State in punishing wrongdoers”.