RAIPUR: A fortnight after the Centre compulsorily retired IAS and IPS officers on grounds of “non-performance”, the Chhattisgarh police removed 42 officers citing poor performance and misconduct.
The 42 dismissed lower-rank police officers include 15 town inspectors, nine sub-inspectors and 18 assistant sub-inspectors.
They were sacked after close scrutiny of their annual confidential report—an integral part of a government officer’s service record. The list of the dismissed officials was released on Sunday.
Earlier this month, A M Juri, who belonged to the 2000 batch of the Indian Police Service, and K C Agrawal, who joined the IPS in 2002 — were removed from service by the Centre due to ‘‘non-performance”.
The performance of both the DIG-rank officers was reviewed after completion of their 15 years of service in the IPS and both of them were found unfit to continue. Officials said they were removed as per the All India Services Rules-1958 in public interest after an extensive review of the service performance.
According to the service rules, the Central government may, in consultation with the state government concerned, require a member of the service to retire in public interest, after giving at least a three-month notice in writing or as many months pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.
A senior official of the Chhattisgarh police headquarters said, “The Centre has asked the state governments to carry out similar performance reviews of inefficient state government officials. The police officers were removed in the public interest.” The grounds of their removal from the service were also cited as “culpable neglect” of professional conduct and duties, he added.