Delhi LG Anil Baijal Orders to Remove Corrupt Officers

Delhi LG Anil Baijal (file photo) Courtesy: LG Office
Delhi LG Anil Baijal (file photo) Courtesy: LG Office

In order to weed out increasing corruption from Delhi Government offices, the Lt. Governor (LG) of Delhi Anil Baijal has resolved to take strict action against the corrupt officers.

Baijal has directed the Chief Secretary of Delhi, Vice Chairman of Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Delhi Police Commissioner, and the Municipal Commissioners to take action under Fundamental Rule 56(j) of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 to compulsorily retire ‘tainted’ officers.

According to the LG, this step is being taken to ensure efficient, effective, and fair functioning of the government. “This action is essential to weed out the ‘dead wood’ and ‘dark sheep’ to remove corruption from government functioning,” Baijal stated.

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As the DDA and the Registrar Cooperative Societies (RCS) are among the most corrupt departments of Delhi, corruption is happening openly. Other departments are also crowded with corrupt officials.

The Fundamental Rule 56(j) provides for compulsory retirement of government staff in public interest. Under the rule, the conduct of an officer who has turned 50 or 55 or has completed 30 years of service (whichever is earlier) is reviewed to decide if he or she is liable for compulsory retirement.

An officer can be asked to leave the job if he or she is delinquent, found guilty of corruption, has illegal and disproportionate assets, involved in a case of sexual harassment, and so on.

It is believed that if this rule is applied honestly in Delhi Government, almost all the officers will lose their jobs and offices will have to be locked.

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