If there is evidence of deterioration in efficiency and unsatisfactory performance in this five-year period, the Babu can be removed.
The new Department of Personnel and Training throws light on an important issue – incompetence of Indian Babus.
“It is sometimes found that a few members of All-India Services tend to become mere passengers in the post or at the level in which a member is placed for the time being. They become either stale or listless; they do not exhibit any creativity or innovativeness; and they do not achieve results. In some other cases, information may be available which casts grave doubt upon the integrity of a member,” say new DoPT guidelines.
This will be done by reviewing integrity of an officer.
A committee will look at entries relating to integrity in the officer’s ACR/PAR dossier. The committee can take into account the remarks while reviewing any proposal for premature retirement even if a particular remark has not been communicated to the officer, or if that remark is of a general nature.
For review of efficiency, entire service record of an officer will be considered. More emphasis will be laid on the officer’s performance during the five years preceding the review.
If there is evidence of deterioration in efficiency and unsatisfactory performance in this five-year period, review committee will examine the entire service record to figure out suitability or otherwise of the officer to continue.
The government will review an officer’s performance at two levels: first, after he/she has rendered 15 years of qualifying service; and a second time after completion of 25 years of qualifying service, or attaining the age of 50.
If this work is carried out, this will certainly pull the much needed reforms in the bureaucracy and break the ring of babudom. It will be interesting to see though how the DoPT guideline is received in bureaucratic circles.