Strengthening of administration – Premature retirement of Central Govt. Servants – Procedure to be followed – Gazetted officers holding posts initial appointment to which is referable to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet – Reference of cases to the establishment officer to the Government of India.
The undrsigned is directed to refer to Item 1(s) of Appendix II to the Ministry of Home Affairs (now Department of Personnel and Astt.) O.M.No.33/13/61-Ests(A) dated the 23rd June 1969 as modified by O.M.No.33/9/70-Ests(A) dated the 10th September 1971 and to say that the procedure for the review of the cases of Gazetted Officers holding posts, initial appointment to which is referable to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, is as follows:-
“The Senior Selection Board in respect of officers of the rank of Joint Secretary or equivalent or the Central Establishment Board in respect of officers above the rank of Under Secretary but below the rank of Joint Secretary or equivalent as the case may be, will make its recommendations which will be placed before the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet for orders. In respect of officers of the rank of Additional Secretary, Special Secretary and Secretary to the Govt. of India, the Cabinet Secretary will make recommendation directly to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet for orders. Where action is proposed to be taken on grounds of lack of integrity, the Central Vigilance Commission shall be consulted before the case is placed before the ACC.”
It has also been provided in the O.M. of 23rd June 1969 that the review in all cases should be undertaken six months before the officer concerned attains the age of 50/55 years. Inspite of these clear instructions instances have occurred where cases to be placed before the Senior Selection Board or the Central Establishment Board, as the case may be, have not been referred to the office of the Establishment Officer well in time. It is, therefore requested that proposals in this regard in respect of Gazetted Officers holding posts, initial appointments to which are referable to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet may please be referred with a self-contained note to the Establishment Officer at least four months in advance of the date on which the officer(s) concerned are due to attain the age of 50/55 years.