Retired babus taking up private sector jobs soon after retirement is serious misconduct: CVC
In an order, it additionally stated that each one authorities organisations ought to mandatorily take vigilance clearance earlier than providing publish–retirement jobs to babus
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on June 3 stated retired officers accepting jobs in private sector organisations with out the obligatory cooling off interval constitutes “serious misconduct”.
In an order, it additionally stated that each one authorities organisations ought to mandatorily take vigilance clearance earlier than providing publish–retirement jobs to babus.
“It has been observed that on some occasions, immediately after their retirement from government organisations, retired officials are taking up full-time job/contractual assignments in private sector organisations,” the CVC stated within the order issued to secretaries of all Central authorities departments and chiefs of public sector banks amongst others.
Quite usually, cooling off interval, as prescribed underneath the principles of organisations involved, is not noticed earlier than taking up such affords, it stated.
“Post retirement acceptance of offer by retired government officials without observing cooling off period, constitutes a serious misconduct on their part,” the probity watchdog stated.
All authorities organisations could, subsequently, formulate applicable guidelines and tips for its workers to make sure that publish retirement, the cooling off interval is mandatorily noticed by them earlier than accepting any supply from private sector entities, the order stated.
The guidelines and tips ought to incorporate the process for searching for or acquiring permission earlier than accepting supply from private sector entities through the cooling off interval if not in existence, it stated.
The relevant service or conduct guidelines also needs to be revised and modified to make sure that, if required, applicable motion may also be initiated in case of violation of such guidelines by retired workers, the fee stated.
In the order, the CVC has outlined process for presidency organisations for acquiring vigilance clearance for retired-babus earlier than using them.
“There is no defined procedure for seeking vigilance inputs before engaging retired government officials from the organisations where such retired officials were employed on full-time basis, prior to their retirement,” it stated.
The fee has noticed that the absence of a uniform outlined process for acquiring vigilance clearance, earlier than partaking retired officers by authorities organisations, typically results in a scenario the place officers with tainted previous or having instances pending in opposition to them are engaged by the federal government organisations, the order stated.
“Such a situation not only leads to unnecessary complaints/allegations of favouritism, but is also against the tenets of fairness and probity which is the basic principle governing the functioning of government organisations,” it stated.
“In respect of retired officers belonging to all India services, Group A officers of central government or their equivalent in other organisations owned or controlled by central government, before offering employment to them on contractual/consultancy basis, vigilance clearance from the employer organisation, from which the government officer had retired, should be necessarily obtained,” the CVC stated.
In case a retired officer served in multiple organisation, the vigilance clearance ought to be obtained from all organisations the place the retired officer had served throughout a interval of 10 years previous to his retirement, it stated mentioning the process.
The CVC stated in case, no reply is acquired from the erstwhile employer(s) inside 15 days of sending communication by velocity publish to them, a reminder could also be despatched to them for expediting vigilance clearance.
However, in case no reply is acquired from the erstwhile employer inside 21 days of sending preliminary communication to them, it might be thought-about as ‘deemed vigilance clearance for the person concerned’, the fee stated.
“Later on, if it is found that the ex-employee was involved in any vigilance related matter or was not clear from vigilance point of view, the erstwhile employer organisation would be responsible for all consequential actions,” it stated.
“The retired government officer is to be considered for post retirement engagement only on receipt of vigilance clearance/vigilance inputs,” the CVC stated.
The process for partaking retired authorities officers ought to be clear with equal alternative to all those that are prepared to supply their companies, it stated.
The publish to be crammed up on contractual or consultancy foundation ought to no less than be marketed on the web site of the organisation involved at applicable place and ought to be accessible within the public area, the fee’s order stated.