Cracking the whip to weed out inefficient officers from service, the SAD-BJP government has in public interest compulsorily retired three Punjab Civil Service (PCS) officers, according to official sources.
The PCS officers shunted out from service are Kiran Rosy of the 1990 batch, and Jaipal Singh and Tirlok Nath Passey (both 1991 batch). Had the government not retired these officers compulsorily on Tuesday, Rosy would have superannuated in November 2016, while Singh and Passey in January and May 2016, respectively.
"The officers in question will get full retiral benefits as compulsory retirement is not a punishment which can have a bearing on post-retirement benefits of officers," a government functionary said.
The objective behind compulsory retirement of these officers, sources said, was to weed out the "inefficient or dead wood from government service" as per the ruling of the Supreme Court.
A screening committee headed by chief secretary Rakesh Singh had thoroughly examined the entire service record of these officers and then recommended to the chief minister to retire them prematurely on the grounds that they were not efficient enough to remain in service in view of their chequered service record.
The functioning of these officers often remained under the government scanner for having allegedly committed numerous administrative irregularities.