Premature Retirement of Central Government Employees
During a session in the Lok Sabha on the 24th of July, 2019, the Minister of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) Dr. Jitendra Singh provided a written response to a question regarding the policy of removing non-performing civil servants. In the response, the minister outlined the government’s approach to addressing the issue of non-performance in the civil service, emphasizing the need for a fair and transparent process that takes into account the unique circumstances of each case. The minister also highlighted the importance of providing adequate training and support to civil servants to improve their performance and ensure that they are able to meet the demands of their roles.
“The provisions of Fundamental Rules (FR) 56(j), Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (CCS) (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Rule 16(3) (Amended) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) [AIS (DCRB)] Rules, 1958 lay down the policy of periodic review and premature retirement of Government servants, which is a continuous process.
As per these, the Government has the absolute right to retire Government officials prematurely on the ground of lack of integrity or ineffectiveness, in public interest.
For the period July 2014-May 2019, a total of 36,756 Group-A and 82,654 Group-B officers have been reviewed under FR 56(j)/similar provisions, out of which FR 56(j)/ similar provisions have been invoked /recommended against 125 Group-A and 187 Group B officers”.
What is premature retirement?
Premature retirement refers to an early exit from active service before the completion of the normal retirement age. In the context of central government employees, it typically means retirement before the age of 60.
What are the reasons for premature retirement?
There can be various reasons for the premature retirement of central government employees. Some common reasons include voluntary retirement, health issues or incapacity to perform the required duties, disciplinary actions, or specific government policies aimed at reducing the workforce.
What is voluntary retirement?
Voluntary retirement is a provision that allows central government employees to retire from service before attaining the normal retirement age. This is done voluntarily, with the employee’s consent, and usually requires fulfilling certain eligibility criteria set by the government.
Are there any benefits associated with premature retirement?
Yes, there are certain benefits associated with premature retirement. These may include a pension plan, gratuity, and other post-retirement benefits as per the rules and regulations of the central government.
Can an employee who is prematurely retired be re-employed?
Re-employment after premature retirement may be possible in certain cases depending on the needs and policies of the central government. However, it is subject to specific conditions and the availability of suitable vacancies.