The Modi sarkar has been working at streamlining the bureaucracy, to cut out the deadwood from the government. Sources say that over the last four years, between 2015 and 2018, the Centre reviewed the service records of over 1,100 IAS officers, especially those who have completed 25 years of service or have attained the age of 50 years. The purpose of the review is to zero in on non-performers.
The rules state that the Centre in consultation with the state government concerned may ask an IAS officer to retire in public interest by giving at least three months’ notice in writing or three months’ pay in lieu of such notice. Sources have revealed that of 1,143 officers revie-wed, four — two from Chhattisgarh cadre, and one each from Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and UTs cadre and Bihar cadre — were recommended for premature retirement in public interest. However, some states like AP, J&K, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tripura and Uttarakhand have not carried out an intensive review.