Circulation of Revised Check-List for forwarding the disciplinary proceedings proposals/cases to DoPT against lAS Officers under Single Window System

DOPT ORDER

F.No.142/1/2019-AVD (IB)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 5th August, 2020

To

1. All Ministries/Departments of Government of India (As per standard list);
2. The Chief Secretaries of all the State Governments;
3. The Administrator of all Union Territories.

Sub: Circulation of Revised Check-List for forwarding the disciplinary proceedings proposals/cases to Department of Personnel & Training against lAS Officers under Single Window System prescribed vide OM No.142/16/2013-AVD – I dated 10th February 2014— reg.

Sir/Madam,

The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) deals with the disciplinary matters of the officers of the Indian Administrative Services (lAS), being their cadre controlling department. It receives the proposals for disciplinary proceedings against the AS officers working in connection with the affairs of the State, from the State Government; and against the lAS officers working under various Ministries/Departments in the Central Government, from the Central Ministries/Departments of the Government of India; under the All India Services (Discipline & Appeal) Rules, 1969 and All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958. Besides, it is also entrusted with dealing with the Appeals/Memorials and Revision/Review under the said Rules.

2. It is the responsibility of the Disciplinary Authorities concerned to lead the departmental proceedings to their logical conclusion. Inordinate and inexplicable delay in conclusion of the disciplinary proceedings vitiates the proceedings and sometimes leads to litigations. This delay is mainly attributed to the documentary and procedural deficiencies and a lot of time is consumed in avoidable protracted correspondence with the State Government or the Ministry/Department concerned, for furnishing requisite documents/case-records or fulfilling the procedural deficiencies.

3. Accordingly, a proforma check list was prescribed vide this Department’s OM No.142/16/2013-AVD.I dated 10th February 2014 for referring disciplinary proceedings proposals/cases against lAS officers to Department of Personnel & Training under Single Window System. However, pursuant to OM No.39011/08/2016-Estt.(B) dated 28th December 2018 and to align with the requirements prescribed for submission of cases to UPSC for referring the disciplinary cases to UPSC, it has been felt necessary to revise the checklists for submission of disciplinary proceedings proposals/ cases to DoPT for onward reference to UPSC for its statutory advice.

4. Therefore, it has now been decided to prescribe new checklists as per enclosed Appendices I & II in supersession of the checklists prescribed vide the Appendices to this Department’s OM No.142/16/201 3-AVD.I dated 10th February 2014.

5. Submission of a disciplinary cases against an IAS officer and requisite case records will be checked against these new checklists through the single window system in DoPT. Appendix I to be followed hereafter; has 4 different checklists catering to 4 different situations (as described in the following table) in which a proposal of disciplinary proceeding against an IAS officer is to be submitted to DOPT by the concerned State Government! Central Ministry/Department. Appendix II contains list of documents and folders which need to be submitted while submitting the disciplinary case through Single Window System. Another Appendix III has been enclosed which contains the Model letters for forwarding the proposals to Government of India, for each of the 4 situations of Appendix I.

6. Therefore, it is requested to submit the proposals of disciplinary cases against IAS officers to DoPT as per the appropriate Appendix that may be applicable in light of the situation for the case at hand with following details to ensure proper submission of proposals by various State Governments / Ministries / Departments as per the requirement of UPSC.

Appendix Details
1(A) Proforma /Checklist for forwarding disciplinary cases for imposition of penalty of cut in pension of lAS officers after retirement from service or for imposition of major penalties of compulsory retirement, removal or dismissal from service. State Government/UT
1(B) Proforma /Checklist for initiation of disciplinary cases under Rules 6(1) (b) (1) of the AlS (DCRB)Rules, 1958 against retired lAS officers-who are to be charge-sheeted after retirement from service- for according sanction of the Central Government State Government/UT
1(C) Proforma/Checklist for disagreement cases under Rule 11 of the AIS(D&A) Rules,1969 – for submission of cases of difference of opinion between a State Government and the Union Public Service Commission. State Government/UT
1(D) Proforma/Checklist for submission of proposals by the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India for initiation of disciplinary proceedings against lAS Officers working on Central Deputation. Ministry/Department

7. Further, it is also expected that the complete reference is received in this Department at least six months (180 days) prior to the retirement of the charged officer for complete examination of the proposal. Wherever the time of submission of case to this Department is less than six months (180 days) from the date of retirement of the officer, cogent reasons justifying late submission of case to this Department are also required to be submitted.

8. The operation of Single Window System requires the representatives of the State Government/Ministries/Departments of the Government of India seek prior appointment from concerned Under Secretary. During the appointed time, complete verification / scrutiny of documents will be done and only such cases which are reckoned and found complete in all respects shall be accepted for processing. Cases found deficient vis-a-vis the mandated check-list will be returned therewith, and the case would not be deemed to have been received until it is received in complete form as per the check-list.

9. The State Governments! Ministries/Departments of Government of India will be required to depute an officer not below the rank of the Under Secretary with his/her official seal and who is well conversant with the case to submit the records of the disciplinary case as per the check-list, in this Department. In the DoPT, Under Secretary (AVD-I.B), Room No.268B, North Block (through Gate No.4, Tele No. 011-2309-2298) will receive the Disciplinary cases referred to by the State Government and Under Secretary (AVD-I.C.I), Room No.270, North Block (through Gate No.4, Tele No.: 011-23092957) will receive the disciplinary cases referred to by the Ministries/Departments in Central Government from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.30 to 4.00 p.m. on all working days.

10. Finally, Rule 6(1) (b)(ii) of AIS(DCRB) Rules,1958 stipulate time-limit for instituting disciplinary proceedings against a pensioner. Therefore, a proposal where time available for Disciplinary Authority for according sanction under said Rule is less than six months from the date of submission of the proposal to DoPT by Ministry/Department/State, the proposal will not be accepted on same day. In such case, DoPT would be afforded a time-limit of up to five working days to analyse the proposal before accepting or returning in case there is requirement of any information/clarification /document.

11. It is requested that the above instructions are strictly followed with immediate effect while submitting the proposals of disciplinary proceedings against lAS officers, with a view to streamline and expedite the processing.

Yours faithfully

(Khushboo Goel Chowdhary)
Deputy Secretary (S&V)

Signed Copy

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