The government tries to hire civil servants young .Now, it also wants the power to fire them young if the officers are found to be inefficient, lazy or corrupt.
The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) is set to amend the rules to empower the government to weed out inefficient All India Service officers once they put in 15 years of service.
The change would apply to Indian Police Service, Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Forest Service officers.
Under existing rules, the government can weed out inefficient bureaucrats under this clause only after they celebrate their 55th birthday or have put in 30 years of service.
This provision is, however, rarely invoked, a government official said.
By the time the officer completes 30 years, he is so close to retirement that no one wants to humiliate him unless there is compelling evidence to act against the person concerned.
A DoPT official said the decision to halve the service period was an indicator of their determination to act against inefficient or corrupt officials. "We are going to frame guidelines on how the performance of bureaucrats will be reviewed after 15 years of service," he said.
Notwithstanding the intentions, government officials suggested the move would be difficult to implement since the problem runs much deeper.
"How can you weed out the inefficient if you do not have an effective and fair system of measuring efficiency in the first place," a government official said, convinced that the initiative may not take off in the short run.
The government had overhauled the performance appraisal system a few years ago when it replaced grades by a point system, where 10 was the best and 1 the worst.
But this didn’t help either.
Every three out of four bureaucrats pass the appraisal test with flying colours, getting 9 out of 10. "In such a situation, how can you justify firing someone who was evaluated with 90-95%," an official added.