New Delhi, May 6: The Union Government yesterday sent out a stern message to officials whose performance is under par. The decision to prematurely retire 33 officials for non-performance is a message that is meant to reach every government office.
This decision will send a strong message to all those who have been taking it easy and not performing.
It was for the first time that 33 officers of the Revenue Services including seven Group A officers were prematurely retired for non performance.
In addition to this 72 officials including six Group A officers have been dismissed in other departments after disciplinary action had been initiated.
Cracking the whip:
Sources say this is just a tip of the ice berg. A watch is being kept on the performance of all officials in other departments as well. These persons had been given ample opportunities to pull up their socks, but they failed to do so.
The complacent will be punished and the government is keeping a close watch on all these persons.
A note from the PIB read, "there is a general perception that no action is taken against the defaulting tax officials for their non performance as well as in case of harassing the tax assesses among others.
The present Government has taken various steps to change this perception following the principle of good governance. After the present Government took over two years back, it has taken strict action against such revenue officers/officials in order to fix their accountability.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power on the assurance of good governance. This would need to be a collective effort and if the officials are not performing then the concept of good governance will remain a myth.
Similar exercises will be carried out in every department if officials are found to be under performing. A senior government official tells OneIndia that ample opportunities have been given to many, but they continue to remain complacent. There is no option but to act against these persons.
This decision is bound to shake up the complacent in other departments as well. Such drastic measures have become the need of the hour. There are many people who had complained of harassment and a complacent attitude by the officials which led to such a drastic action, the official also informed.
The government has been keeping a close watch on all departments under it. Monthly reports on the performance of the officials are also being sought in a bid to stem the rot, the officer also informed. These complacent officials are first asked to give an explanation and if they fail to improve their performance then proceedings are initiated against them.